Death, dust, decay

[Image: From Library of Dust by David Maisel].

In an earlier post, I mentioned that there will be at least one more big event coming up in New York City that I’ll be a part of; the information for that is now available (at least on Facebook!).
On Monday, April 13, from 7-9pm, the New York Institute for the Humanities will be hosting a celebration of David Maisel’s recent, beautiful, and widely praised book Library of Dust.
This will take place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, housed in an extraordinary, blue-ceilinged synagogue at 172 Norfolk Street, and it will be led by the indefatigable Lawrence Weschler.
Here’s a map.
The list of participants looks absolutely amazing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this group. In addition to Maisel and Weschler, there will be writer, professor, and historian of photography Ulrich Baer; author Rachel Cohen; writer and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht; art historian Karen Lang; novelist Jonathan Lethem; photographer Joel Meyerowitz; novelist Ted Mooney; filmmaker Bill Morrison; Magnum photojournalist Gilles Peress; president of Wesleyan University and historian Michael Roth; author and critic Luc Sante; and poet Vijay Seshadri.
It sounds like an unbelievably interesting evening – and I hope to bring something to the table myself, as author of one the essays in Maisel’s Library of Dust.
So if you’re in New York that night, please come check it out – and more information about the event, including ticket pricing and availability, should hopefully be up on the Orensanz Foundation’s site soon, or on the website of the New York Institute for Humanities.
Also, on a tangent, should you be in Philadelphia, Lawrence Weschler will be speaking tomorrow night at the Penn Humanities Forum. If you don’t know Weschler’s book Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, then you need to pick up a copy ASAP.

(Earlier on BLDGBLOG: Library of Dust. On Archinect: Interview with David Maisel).

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