“It is rare to find a writer who can take such candid pleasure in beauty—the beauty of faces, figures, clothing, and cities—while also querying its injustices. To watch Godard’s films through Joanna Walsh’s eyes is to see envy and appreciation, longing and disavowal, walking hand in hand. This book is a gorgeous complex gesture of criticism.”—Merve Emre, writer and critic. Join Joanna Walsh, author of Girl Online, Break.up and Vertigo, to discuss her new book, My Life as a Godard Movie, a meditation on beauty, fashion, desire, politics, youth, art, and Paris, via the 1960s films of Jean-Luc Godard. Walsh will be in conversation with Summer Brennan.
About the speaker:
Joanna Walsh is a multidisciplinary writer for print, digital and performance. The author of eleven books (several co-written with AI), her publishers include Semiotext(e), Bloomsbury and Verso. She also works as an editor and university teacher. She is a Markievicz Awardee in the Republic of Ireland and a UK Arts Foundation fellow. She founded and ran the Twitter campaign @read_women (2014-18), described by the New York Times as ‘a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers’. She currently runs @noentry_arts. Her latest book is My Life as a Godard Movie, published by Transit books.
Summer Brennan is a Paris-based writer. An award-winning journalist, Brennan is an Orion Book Award Finalist, and author of The Oyster War, High Heel, and the forthcoming The Parisian Sphinx, A True Tale of Art and Obsession.
Important information: The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (Walsh and Brennan will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.
This event requires advance registration.
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