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Writers and Missionaries: Essays on the Radical Imagination

Adam Shatz, London Review of Books; Michael Wood, Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature

May 11, 2023 · 6:00 pm7:30 pm · Labyrinth Books

Labyrinth Books; Department of English; Humanities Council

What does it mean to be a politically committed writer? Please join us for a discussion of the lives and works of some of the greatest intellectuals of recent times.

In his new essay collection, Adam Shatz asks: do writers have an ethical imperative to question injustice? How can one remain a dispassionate thinker when involved in the cut and thrust of politics? And, in an age of horror and crisis, what does it mean to be a committed writer? He interrogates the major figures of twentieth and twenty-first century thought and finds within their lives and work the roots of our present intellectual and geopolitical situation.

Adam Shatz is the US editor of The London Review of Books and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and other publications. He is also the host of the podcast “Myself with Others,” produced by the pianist Richard Sears. Michael Wood is professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He has written widely on 20th century literature, film, and literary theory and is an admired cultural critic who writes regularly for the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. He is the author of seminal books on Nabokov, Marquez, Yeats, Oracles, and much more.

This event is cosponsored by Princeton University’s Humanities Council and English Department.

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