5.19.09, 7pm — Donald Breckenridge, with Lewis Warsh and Susan Daitch

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
7:00 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, NYC

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DONALD BRECKENRIDGE is the fiction editor of The Brooklyn Rail and the editor of The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose Press, 2006). He is also the author of more than a dozen plays as well as the novella Rockaway Wherein (Red Dust, 1998) and the novel 6/2/95 (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002). His second novel, Arabesques for Sauquoit is forthcoming from Autonomedia, and this third novel, You Are Here, from which he’ll be reading, is published by Starcherone.

You Are Here is part Fassbinder anti-theatre, part cheap heartbreak à la Brenda Starr, part intertextual hall of mirrors. Donald Breckenridge’s stunning prose spins into life a world of ideas and art—which nevertheless can come to a dead halt in a heartbeat.

“Breckenridge, a playwright, here turns the novel [6/2/95] into a dramatic form. Fifteen characters—among them a painter, a Salvadoran immigrant, an alcoholic, a single mother, and an unemployed writer—travel through New York City on a single day in 1995. As they pass each other on the street, speak on the phone, make love, argue, cheat, and stand each other up, their paths intersect or narrowly miss in a finely choreographed Altmanesque dance. Breckenridge’s paragraphless, interlocked text is at times brilliant, at times confusing, but always surprising, and his bumbling, struggling New York is one we can all recognize.”
The New Yorker

with special guests

LEWIS WARSH is the author of numerous books of poetry and works of fiction such as Agnes & Sally, A Free Man, and Money Under the Table, The Origin of the World, Touch of the Whip, Debtor’s Prison (in collaboration with Julie Harrison), and Ted’s Favorite Skirt. With Anne Waldman he coedited The Angel Hair Anthology. Warsh is editor and publisher of United Artists Books and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

“The unobtrusive powers of this extraordinary writer make a cautionary tale of all too familiar real lives. Meshed in a web of deadpan cliche, this world is forever all dressed up with no place to go. Mr. Warsh should be our next President. He really knows the People.”
—Robert Creeley

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SUSAN DAITCH is the author of three works of fiction and her work was the subject of a recent issue of The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Her short fiction has been included in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern Fiction, Bomb, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, The Brooklyn Rail, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Ploughshares, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. Her work has been the recipient of a Vogelstein, a semifinalist for a Creative Capital grant, and the Donald Barthelme Prize. She teaches at Hunter College.

“It’s always a delight to discover a voice as original as Susan Daitch’s”
—Salman Rushdie

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