Fort Greene store:
Monday, February 25, 7:30 PM
Lynne Tillman presents American Genius, A Comedy
In conversation with Wayne Koestenbaum
Lynne Tillman’s previous novels have won her both popular approval and critical praise from such literary heavyweights as Edmund White and Colm Tóibín. In American Genius, A Comedy, which is newly reissued after its publication in 2006, she shows what might happen if Jane Austen were writing in 21st-century America. Employing her trademark crystalline prose and intricate, hypnotic sentences, Tillman fashions a microcosm of American democracy: a scholarly colony functioning like Melville’s Pequod. In this otherworld, competing values — rationality and irrationality, generosity and selfishness, love and lust, shame and honor — collide through a witty narrative, cycling through such disparate tropes as skin disease, chair design, and Manifest Destiny. Tillman presents her book in conversation with poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum, author of My 1980s & Other Essays, Humiliation, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, and Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background.