Imagining the World in Front of Us: Inequality and the Possibility of Storytelling (U.S.)Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
(1.5 hrs. approximate run time)
We live in a world of growing nationalism and breath-taking inequalities. In literary culture this dynamic turns into an attitude that writing from beyond US borders as somehow marginal. What are we missing? And how can it help us see the ailing country all around us? Waves of new writers from Argentina, China, Jamaica and beyond are infusing contemporary letters with a new snap. The fourth issue of the acclaimed literary anthology Freeman’s, The Future of New Writing, celebrates this moment and the opportunity it presents. On Friday November 17th one of its 29 writers, essayist Garnette Cadogan, will join editor John Freeman for a discussion about this charged epoch of US life and the ways storytelling can be part of a new politics of optimism.
John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, and Tales of Two Americas. Maps, his debut collection of poems, is out from Copper Canyon in fall 2017. He is the executive editor at Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review and has been translated into twenty languages.
Garnette Cadogan is an essayist. He is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is editor-at-large of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (coedited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro) and is at work on a book on walking.