LESLIE JAMISON reads from her new essay collection MAKE IT SCREAM, MAKE IT BURN with CHRIS KRAUS

Make It Scream, Make It Burn (Little, Brown and Company)

From the “astounding” (Entertainment Weekly), “spectacularly evocative” (The Atlantic), and “brilliant” (Los Angeles Times) author of the New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams comes a return to the essay form in this expansive new book.

With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which she has become known, Leslie Jamison offers us fourteen new essays that are by turns ecstatic, searching, staggering, and wise. In its kaleidoscopic sweep, Make It Scream, Make It Burn creates a profound exploration of the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.

Among Jamison’s subjects are 52 Blue, deemed “the loneliest whale in the world”; the eerie past-life memories of children; the devoted citizens of an online world called Second Life; the haunted landscape of the Sri Lankan Civil War; and an entire museum dedicated to the relics of broken relationships. Jamison follows these examinations to more personal reckonings — with elusive men and ruptured romances, with marriage and maternity — in essays about eloping in Las Vegas, becoming a stepmother, and giving birth.

Often compared to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, and widely considered one of the defining voices of her generation, Jamison interrogates her own life with the same nuance and rigor she brings to her subjects. Indeed, this refusal to hide — this emotional and intellectual frankness — is precisely the quality that makes her questing and irrepressible voice impossible to resist.

Leslie Jamison is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams, as well as the novel The Gin Closet. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has contributed to publications including the New York Times Magazine, and New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Oxford American. She lives in Brooklyn and directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University.

Author Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels and three books of art and cultural criticism.  Her first novel, I Love Dick, was adapted for television.  In 2017, she published After Kathy Acker, the first authorized literary biography.  Her new essay and story collection, Social Practices, will be published in October 2019.  Kraus’ work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.  She is a co-editor of the independent press Semiotexte, alongside Hedi El Kholti and Sylvere Lotringer, and teaches writing at Art Center in Pasadena.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:30pm
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