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SCOTT ESPOSITO discusses his book THE DOUBLES with REBEKAH WEIKEL

The Doubles (Civil Coping Mechanisms)

Part memoir-through-film, part inquiry into the effect art has on our lives, Scott Esposito's The Doubles is a passionate, exquisitely written examination of 14 films that have made him.

Retelling one film per year, and covering 20 years of Esposito's life from 1996 - 2016, The Doubles shows the development via film of a critical intelligence and a maturing human being. From classic cinema like A Clockwork Orange to cosmological documentaries like A Brief History of Time to offbeat works like Koyaanisqatsi and major contemporary fare like Boyhood, Esposito's book inquires into the possibilities of a medium that has made us all.

Praise for The Doubles

"Scott Esposito is a true American cosmopolitan." — ÁLVARO ENRIGUE, author of SUDDEN DEATH

"To read The Doubles is to discover that Scott Esposito is as thrillingly insightful about film, and about human experience, as he is about literature. With a bounding intelligence, a tremendous—and seemingly effortless—erudition, with enormous soulfulness, energy and wit, Esposito strains his life through the prism of cinema (or is it the other way around?) and arrives at something magnificent: a work of sustained criticism that is itself a work of high art, and a profound meditation on how the art we see becomes who we are."—Matthew Specktor, Los Angeles Review of Books founding editor and author of American Dream Machine

Scott Esposito is the author of four books, most recently The Doubles from Civil Coping Mechanisms. He is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has appeared in BOMB magazine, Tin House, The White Review, The Lifted Brow, The Believer, The Washington Post, and others. He was a finalist for the 2014 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. 

Rebekah Weikel is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She founded Penny-Ante in 2006, publishing titles under the imprint's Success and Failure Series since 2012. The most recent releases in the series include a spoken word LP from Lynne Tillman entitled What Gets Kept and a twenty-fifty anniversary edition of Stewart Home’s 1991 cult classic, Defiant Pose, newly introduced by writer and scholar McKenzie Wark.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027