Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Kristin Dombek presents The Selfishness of Others
In conversation with Dayna Tortorici
Co-hosted by n+1
Wine reception to follow
Kristin Dombek’s essays in n+1, The New York Times Magazine, and The Paris Review have stood out for years as the work of a sharp and wholly original cultural critic, and a writer of unusual feeling and clarity. So it is no surprise that in moving to the larger canvas of a book, she has come up with something as inventive as The Selfishness of Others – a funny, poetic, disquieting, and soulful work that draws from pop psychology bestsellers, sociological big data, Ovid, the self-help Internet, reality TV, and Dombek’s own relationships to get to the bottom of our contemporary culture’s emergent arch villain: the narcissist. With both empathy and bracing skepticism, Dombek examines our supposedly exploding rate of pathological selfishness, and provides a clear-sighted account of how a rare clinical diagnosis became a fluid cultural phenomenon and a repository for our deepest fears about love, friendship, and family. At tonight's event, presented in partnership with literary magazine n+1, Dombek talks about the intersections of psychology and culture with the magazine's editor Dayna Tortorici, followed by a wine reception to celebrate the book’s launch.