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Beyond Backdrop: Fiction in The Wake of History

Hosted by The Brooklyn Rail, the panel Beyond Backdrop: Fiction in the Wake of History features the authorial giants Joseph O'Neil, author of Netherland, Lucy Alibar, screenwriter of Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Alex Gilvarry, author of Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.

The three writers discuss the influence of historical events on their own work and the role of fact in fiction.

This discussion was recorded on December 8, 2013 at Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1, an exhibition held at Industry City in Brooklyn, NY.


Off The Rail


Artist, critic, curator, teacher and newspaperman Phong Bui is now taking his insatiable talent to the airwaves. A man with a voracious appetite for all things artistic, social and cultural, Phong's work has been shown at such galleries at Pierogi, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Wooster Art Space and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, winning him numerous awards and grants from the American Academy of Letters, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy, among others. He is a curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and has taught at such institutions as Columbia University, Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. He used the money from his first sold painting to create the venerable arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. He is an unstoppable force of unyielding curiosity.

Here Phong interviews artists, curators, booksellers and anyone else he finds notable and interesting on the cultural landscape. Follow his lead; it's always proved impeccable.