Rob Halpern’s latest book, Music for Porn, is a thick intensity of writing, a cordage of verse and prose wrapped up in a plain brown paper dust jacket and pressed behind a frontispiece of half-frontal male nudes and metal fences (“untitled porn collage,” by Halpern and Tanya Hollis).
Nate Chinen, now a music critic for the New York Times, was a Writers House regular as a student and for the year or two afterward. Nate visited us again this past spring and here's a video of Anthony DeCurtis introducing him.
Naomi Beckwith considers funk a language. Listen to her 2005 talk, with lots of musical samples. (Don’t be put off by the beginning of the recording; the music is too loud at first.) For more about Naomi and the program, click here.
photo credit: Lawrence Schwartzwald/Splashnews Yes, here's Patti Smith reading the recent Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens. The photograph was taken by Lawrence Schwartzwald, who just happened to see this and marvel at the apt juxtaposition.
I've got an essay in that collection, right around where Patti has the book opened. I like to think she's reading me.