Organized by Bookforum Editor Albert Mobilio, Double Take is a unique reading series that asks award winning and emerging poets, novelists, editors, and artists to trade takes on shared experiences.
Featuring: Bonnie Friedman and Yona Zeldis McDonough seek salvation at the Salvation Army thrift store.
Molly Haskell and Noah Isenberg return to Casablanca.
Gene Seymour and David Yaffe recall falling for John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Joni.
Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of six novels for adults with a seventh, The House on Primrose Pond, forthcoming from New American Library in February, 2016. Additionally, she is the editor of two essay collections and has written twenty-six books for children. Her essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared in numerous national and literary magazines. She has been the fiction editor of Lilith Magazine since 1994.
Bonnie Friedman’s newest book is Surrendering Oz: A Life in Essays, which was longlisted for the 2015 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her essays have appeared in The Best American Movie Writing, The Best Buddhist Writing, The Best Writing on Writing, The Practical Stylist: with Readings, and The Best of O., the Oprah Magazine, and twice been awarded Notable Essay in The Best American Essays. She is also the author of the bestselling and widely anthologized Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life and a memoir of psychotherapy, The Thief of Happiness.
Gene Seymour has written about jazz, film, television, and other distractions for more than 20 years. His work has appeared in such publications as The Nation, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Film Comment, CNN.com, and the late, lamented Emerge magazine, for which he wrote a monthly column, "Just Jazz." In 1996, he published Jazz The Great American Art, a history for young adults, and is at work on a collection of essays, most of them autobiographical, about his struggles with having to prove himself "authentically" black. He has taught courses in journalism and cultural criticism at the University of Delaware, The New School, Howard University, and Lehman College.
David Yaffe is Professor of Humanities at Syracuse University. He is the author of Fascinating Rhythm (Princeton, 2006) and Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown (Yale, 2011). His next book, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2016. His writings have appeared in many publications, including Harper's, The Nation, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Slate, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice and, of course, Bookforum. He was a winner of the 2012 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism.
Molly Haskell is a writer and film critic in New York City whose most recent book is My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation. Her next book is a short biography of Steven Spielberg to be published in 2016 as part of Yale University Press's Jewish Lives series. She has written and lectured widely on film and women in film, and is the author of four previous books. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2010, and she won the Athena Award for criticism in 2012.
Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, where he also directs the Screen Studies program. The author, most recently, of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), which the New York Times hailed as “a page turner of a biography” and Huffington Post selected for its Best Film Books of 2014, his other books include Detour (British Film Institute, 2008) and Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (Columbia, 2009). He is currently writing a new book, Everybody Comes to Rick’s: How ‘Casablanca’ Taught Us to Love Movies, to be published by W.W. Norton (and by Faber in the UK). The recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, his writing has appeared in such diverse venues as Film Comment, Los Angeles Review of Books, Paris Review Daily, Times Literary Supplement, Bookforum, Criterion Collection, Threepenny Review, Film Quarterly, The Nation, Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and The New York Times. From 1995-2004, he taught at Wesleyan University, in Connecticut, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and at Dartmouth College. He serves as the book review editor of Film Quarterly magazine, is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, has been awarded a 2015-2016 NEH Public Scholar research grant.
Albert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing. His work has appeared in Harper's, Black Clock, BOMB, Cabinet, Open City, and Tin House. Books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The Geographics, Me with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. Games and Stunts, a book of short fictions, is forthcoming. He is an assistant professor of literary studies at the New School's Eugene Lang College and an editor at Hyperallergic Weekend and Bookforum.
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exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.