Commentaries - October 2009

Lewis Lapham was at the Writers House last Thursday. Old-school guy in manner, razor-sharp political mind, master editor, whose ideology leans left and right at once, a new-monger and advocate of tradition in one tobacco-filtered baritone. The event was the first in a new annual series (funded by my and our friend Irwyn Applebaum) that will feature eminent editors and publishers. (And Irwyn was there to see the action at first hand. If you weren't there you can watch the video recording.)

Tom Devaney has now made available a video presentation of the puppet show he and his students put together last spring. Inspired by Italo Calvino's dream-like masterpiece Invisible Cities, they enacted their own new invisible cities through this puppet theater production. The performance was created in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art and Beth Nixon's Ramshackle Enterprises.