Francine frames the humanities through the lens of modern times and makes an argument for its preservation. Francine Prose is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic. She is a Visiting Professor of Literature at Bard College, and was formerly president of PEN American Center. In this episode, she shares her thoughts on why we still need the humanities in a technologically advancing world. The speech was recorded live at the Celebrating a Century of Genius weekend; a G100 event in honour of Albert Einstein.
In this episode, we did something a little different: revisiting a BOMB interview from 1993 between Deborah Eisenberg and Francine Prose.Deborah Eisenberg has published five collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne, All Around Atlantis, Twilight of the Superheroes and Your Duck Is My Duck.Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction, including Mister Monkey; Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man, and Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her works of nonfiction include Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller, Reading Like a Writer.
Francine Prose is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic. Her latest book is an essay collection called What to Read and Why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Francine Prose joins C+D in the Damn Library for some lively talk of theater that misses the mark, thwarted ambitions, and following the characters of her newest novel, Mister Monkey. They also get into Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson, and Francine heartily recommends a foreign film that will "change your life." And of course there is a brief Tournament of Books interlude. (Caw!) 15 seconds of a song: TOPS - Way to be Loved Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mister Monkey, Francine Prose’s latest novel, is as humorous, poignant and spiritual as an onstage monkey with a halo slipping on a banana. The author tells us which autobiographical elements had to be disguised to protect the guilty.
LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 by Francine Prose
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Francine Prose discusses her new book LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 (HarperCollins, April 2014) with Erin Wicks, Producer @HarperAudio_US.A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itselfParis in the 1920s. It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: collaboration with the Nazis.Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose's finest novel yet.
"The Fall 2008 Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College features Francine Prose, author of more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction. Her works include the novels Blue Angel (nominated for a National Book Award) and A Changed Man (winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize), Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them, a book on gluttony, and another on the life of the painter Caravaggio. She has written books for children and young adults, and contributes to The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s, where she is a contributing editor. A film of her novel Household Saints was released in 1993. Her latest novel, Goldengrove, was published in September 2008.The recipient of numerous grants and awards, she has taught at The New School, Harvard, the Iowa Writers Workshop, and as a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard College. Prose is currently president of PEN American Center.Roslyn Bernstein, Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, makes the opening remarks. Jeffrey M. Peck, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, makes the welcoming remarks. John Brenkman, Distinguished Professor of English, introduces the speaker.The event takes place on October 21, 2008, at the Newman Conference Center, 7th floor."
Author Teju Cole reading and discussion, Moderated by Francine Prose
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Teju Cole is a Nigerian American photographer and art historian, and the author of two critically acclaimed books: the novella Every Day is for the Thief, about a Lagos homecoming; and the novel Open City, about a Nigerian immigrant in Manhattan. He has contributed to numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Guardian. A professor and distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, Cole is currently at work on a narrative nonfiction work about Lagos. www.nationalbook.org