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Sunday 13th April: Bowery Poetry Club 11AM: Natives and Newcomers: How Open Is New York City?

Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, and Katie Kitamura discuss living in the city as a non-native New Yorker and the extent to which it can ever be called home.

Full schedule for the one day Downtown

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This is not boring in the way bad narrative is boring; it is boring in the way life is boring, and somehow, almost perversely, that is a surprising thing to see on the page. 

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Miss Pipi's Blue Tale

[This text was written for the Camden Arts Centre's Exhibition: 'We at Camden Arts Centre are Exceedingly Proud to Present an Exhibition of Capable Artworks by the Notable Hand of the Celebrated American, Kara Elizabeth Walker, Negress.' up from

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“18 June – 20 October 2013. If you could keep only one memory, what would it be? This summer 

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In The Time of Harmony - Paul Signac

Hello everyone.

I’m still finalizing the reading list, but we’ll definitely be looking at the following texts:

Heinrich Böll – The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum

Elfriede Jelinek – The Piano Teacher

Don Delillo – Libra

Herta Muller – Land of Green Plums

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 I'll be doing a number of events in NYC in the next couple of months. Hope to see you at one or more of the following ... 


Sun April 14th  

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A piece my G Metzger


LEAR: … what can you say to draw a third more opulent than your sisters? Speak.
CORDELIA: Nothing, my lord.
LEAR: Nothing?
CORDELIA: Nothing.
LEAR: Nothing will come of nothing, speak again.
[King Lear I.
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Statue of Liberty view

During December, I'll be speaking and reading at several New York venues:

4th December: 'Beyond Geography' at the Center for Fiction. Panel with Jennifer Haigh, Jennifer Acker, and Sonya Chung


Pussy Riot in court
Daniil Kharms, who died in his cell in the psychiatric ward of Leningrad Prison no. 1 in 1942
What happened today was absurd. With the farcical Pussy Riot trial, and the two year sentence handed down to Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the Russian state has once again demonstrated
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Public phone with Voicemail written over it in red marker pen.

 In June, I gave a keynote at 'Writing in the Digital Age' at the Free Word Centre in London. I spoke about how new technologies are not just changing how writers market themselves, sell books or relate to the reader, but the possibilities of fiction itself. 

Audio and slides