The decadence lasted only from 1979 to 1983 but artist Richard Boch was there for every single moment. As the doorman of the legendary Mudd Club he saw everything and remembers it all. “Standing outside, staring at the crowd, it was “out there” versus “in here” and I was on the inside. The Mudd Club was filled with the famous and soon-to-be famous, along with an eclectic core of Mudd regulars who gave the place its identity. No Wave and Post- Punk artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers living in a nighttime world on the cusp of two decades. There was nothing else like it― I met everyone, and the job quickly defined me. I thought I could handle it, and for a while, I did.”
When The Secret History was published in 1992, Michiko Kakutani called the book “a group portrait of the banality of evil,” and compared it to the work of Dostoyevsky, Euripides, and Evelyn Waugh. Twenty five years later, Donna Tartt has won a Pulitzer Prize and become a stoic, if elusive, pillar of contemporary literary fiction. Join five New York writers for a panel discussion on the book and it’s enduring legacy, the genre of the campus novel, and how The Secret History has affected the panelists work a quarter century after it’s publication.
Book Launch: So Many Olympic Exertions by Anelise Chen — Featuring Readings by Leanne Shapton & Katie Kitamura
A deep examination of life’s epic and daily moments, So Many Olympic Exertions puts a spin on the auto-fiction trend in the vein of Sheila Heti and Ben Lerner to examine what counts as meaningful in the field of our lives.
Pigeon Pages Literary Reading: Featuring Nick Flynn, Paul Lisicky, Hannah Beresford, Jodi M. Savage & Alisson Wood
We are thrilled to announce our September line-up, featuring Nick Flynn, Paul Lisicky, Hannah Beresford, Jodi Savage, and Alisson Wood. Our readings are always free and open to the public.
While everyone knows of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral craze that swept the nation in summer 2014, too few know the truly inspirational story behind it. Pete Frates was a man at war with his own body. A man who refused to fight alone, and in so doing mobilized a global army to combat one of the most devastating diseases on earth: ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. When disease crippled Frates, the former Boston College baseball star turned tragedy into inspiration. Pete’s story is a testament to the power of love, the steadfastness of family, the generosity of strangers, and the compassion of crowds.