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Tuesday, October 12, 7:30 PM ET
Writing Against Linearity: A Discussion with Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi and Eileen Myles
Join PEN/Faulkner Award winning author Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi (virtually!) to celebrate the release of her newest novel Savage Tongues, featuring a kaleidoscopic discussion of craft, narrative, and ideas with acclaimed poet Eileen Myles (Evolution, Chelsea Girls). Oloomi’s Savage Tongues has been named a Most Anticipated Book by Lit Hub, Lambda Literary, Refinery29, Harper’s Bazaar, and several other publications, and Vulture described the book as “a love story of the most fevered, brutal order… propulsive, erotic, and darkly dreamlike,”. In a personal and political exploration of desire, power, domination, and human connection that’s equal parts Marguerite Duras and Shirley Jackson, Rachel Cusk and Clarice Lispector, Savage Tongues traces a young woman’s search for healing in the fall-out of an affair with a much older man. In conversation with influential poet and prose writer Eileen Myles, featuring their most recent book, For Now—a candid, peripatetic reflection on identity, vocation, and place—Oloomi graces the Greenlight virtual stage for an evening’s exploration of the unsettling territories of violence and eroticism, haunting and healing, and the profound intimacy born of the deepest pain.
Eileen Myles photo credit: Shae Detar
A new novel by PEN/Faulkner Award winner Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, "written with the intensity of early Marguerite Duras and Ferrante's Days of Abandonment," about a young woman’s search for healing in the fall-out of an affair with a much older man, a personal and political exploration of desire, power, domination, and human connection (The Millions).
It’s summer when Arezu, an Iranian American teenager, goes to Spain to meet her estranged father at an apartment he owns there. He never shows up, instead sending her a weekly allowance, care of his step-nephew, Omar, a forty-year-old Lebanese man. As the weeks progress, Arezu is drawn into a mercurial, charged, and ultimately catastrophic affair with Omar, a relationship that shatters her just at the cusp of adulthood.
In this third Why I Write volume, Eileen Myles addresses the social, political, and aesthetic conditions that shape their work.
For Myles, time’s “optic quality” is what enables writing in the first place—as attention, as devotion, as excess. It is this chronologized vision that enables the writer to love the world as it presently is, lending love a linguistic permanence amid social and political systems that threaten to eradicate it. Irreverent, generous, and always insightful, For Now is a candid record of the creative process from one of our most beloved artists.
Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. Alone and in exile, she leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago. Books are her only companions—until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic, and fraught. They push and pull across the Mediterranean, wondering if their love—or lust—can free Zebra from her past.
Named a Best Book by: Entertainment Weekly, Harper's Bazaar, Boston Globe, Fodor's, Fast Company, Refinery29,Nylon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Book Riot, The Millions, Electric Literature, Bitch, Hello Giggles, Literary Hub, Shondaland, Bustle, Brit & Co., Vol. 1 Brooklyn,Read It Forward,Entropy Magazine,Chicago Review of Books, iBooks and Publishers Weekly
The first all-new collection of poems since 2011's Snowflake/different streets--and following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir), as well as the volume of selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice--here, in Evolution, we find the eminent, exuberant writer at the forefront of American literature, upending genre in a new vernacular that enacts--like nobody else--the way we speak (inside and out) today.