City Planner: Wednesday 11/1
Ben Marcus & Heidi Julavits @ McNamara Alumni Center (U of M)
: "Ben Marcus and Heidi Julavits are the power couple ofMcSweeney's
East, the Diana and Lionel Trilling of the post-punk, post-Boom, post-Me, post-snark generation. (The West Coast version, Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, boasts more subcult cred but less official power.) Marcus, author of the comic and inventive futuristic novelNotable American Women
, runs Columbia's creative writing program and most recently edited an anthology of like-minded writers (Aimee Bender, George Saunders, Lydia Davis, et al.). Julavits co-edits McSweeney's house organThe Believer
and famously penned its first-issueanti-snideness manifesto
for book reviewers. Julavits's recently released third novel,The Uses of Enchantment
, mixes gothic elements worthy of Joyce Carol Oates (repressed memories! A mysterious, possibly sexual abduction!) with an ironic undercutting of genre and method. Call it business as usual for a couple of writers whose business is anything but usual."
Free. 7:30 p.m.
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