Thursday, August 22, 7:30 PM
Wayne Koestenbaum presents My 1980s and Other Essays
In conversation with author Christopher Schmidt
Wayne Koestenbaum has been described as “an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between Joan Didion, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag” (Bidoun). In My 1980s and Other Essays, a collection of extravagant range and style, he rises to the challenge of that improbable description. A series of impassioned personal manifestos, the book also wrestles with a series of major cultural figures who are the author’s own touchstones, from, Roberto Bolaño to Cindy Sherman to Brigitte Bardot. It amounts to a kind of intellectual autobiography that culminates in a string of passionate calls to creativity; arguments in favor of detail and nuance; a defense of pleasure, hunger, and desire in culture and experience. Koestenbaum discusses his work with friend and fellow author Christopher Schmidt, author of the poetry collection The Next in Line and contributor to Tin House, Boston Review, The Village Voice, and more.