Most of us read without giving it much thought, almost automatically. But the real pleasure of reading comes from paying close scrutiny to how the words on a page are assembled and achieve the effects they do. We will focus on reading between the lines—for nuances and implications, as well as subtext—in which attention will be paid to the author’s prose style and point-of-view as well as to the larger cultural context out of which he or she writes. My hope is that participants will come away from these discussions with a less visceral and more considered response to writerly intention and textual subtlety. We will be reading a mixture of fiction and non-fiction that will be chosen to illuminate different sorts of storytelling
Four Thursday night Zoom sessions beginning on February 11th through March 4th, 2021. For more information: .
About Daphne Merkin:
Daphne Merkin is the author of 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love (FSG, 2020), which the New York Times called "an arresting novel that explores the alchemy of contradictions that exist in all great works of literature.” In 1986, her first novel, Enchantment, won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for best novel on a Jewish theme and has just been reissued by Picador (2020). She has also published two collections of essays, The Fame Lunches (2014) and Dreaming of Hitler (1997), as well as a memoir about her struggle with depression, This Close to Happy (2017). As a former staff writer for The New Yorker, Merkin's cultural criticism frequently appears in The New York Times Book Review and The New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Bookforum, the New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Departures, Elle, Travel + Leisure, Tablet, and many other publications. Merkin has taught writing at the 92nd Street Y, Marymount Manhattan College, Hunter College, and she currently teaches in Columbia University’s MFA program. She lives in New York City.