Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Thursday, May 25, 7:30 PM
Barbara Browning presents The Gift
In conversation with Emily Gould
In the midst of the Occupy movement, the narrator of Barbara Browning’s novel The Gift begins spamming people indiscriminately with ukulele covers of sentimental songs. What ensues in the following provocative, metafictional and deeply intimate pages are meditations on the gift economy, the Pussy Riot protests, and performance theory, centering around an intense and erotically charged email correspondence with a troubled musician from Germany – who may or may not be who he says he is. Chris Kraus writes, “Browning brilliantly synthesizes her work as a scholar and an artist into a single identity, becoming at once a master monologist, storyteller, and historian of her amorphous tribe.” Browning is joined in conversation with Emily Gould, author of the novel Friendship, and co-founder of the transgressive publisher Emily Books.