Join us virtually to hear David Lazar read from his new work Celeste Holm Syndrome.
He will be in conversation with Michele Morano, with a new title of her own: Like Love.
About Celeste Holm Syndrome: In this essay collection David Lazar looks to our intimate relationships with characters, both well-known and lesser known, from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Veering through considerations of melancholy and wit, sexuality and gender, and the surrealism of comedies of the self in an uncanny world, mixed with his own autobiographical reflections of cinephilia, Lazar creates an alluring hybrid of essay forms as he moves through the movies in his mind. Character actors from the classical era of the 1930s through the 1950s including Thelma Ritter, Oscar Levant, Martin Balsam, Nina Foch, Elizabeth Wilson, Eric Blore, Edward Everett Horton, and the eponymous Celeste Holm all make appearances in these considerations of how essential character actors were, and remain, to cinema.
About David Lazar: David Lazar is a professor at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of several books and the founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika. Lazar was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for General Nonfiction in 2015. His books include After Montaigne, The Body of Brooklyn, Truth in Nonfiction, Occasional Desire, and I’ll Be Your Mirror. He is the co-editor of the series 21st Century Essays, published by Ohio State University Press
About Like Love: Turning romantic clichés inside out and challenging us to rethink our notions about what it means to love, Like Love tells hard and necessary truths about the importance of desire in growing, traveling, mourning, parenting, and figuring out who you are in the world. With precision and depth, Morano explores what it means to find ourselves in relationships that are not quite—but almost—like love.
About Michele Morano: Michele Morano is the author of Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain. Her essays and fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Essays, Fourth Genre, and Ninth Letter. She lives in Chicago, where she chairs the English Department at DePaul University.
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