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Author: Wendy Lesser; Jennifer Zahrt; Mimi Chubb
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, ©2015.
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"Table Talk is a portable dinner party and a book to read alone while laughing out loud. Table Talk is a salon attended by your smartest friends and by all of the wittiest people they know. Table Talk is a collection of brief but critically acclaimed, half serious/half tongue-in-cheek pieces that borrow the format of The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" column. Selected from several decades (1990-2013) of The  Read more...
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Table talk
(DLC) 2014034086
(OCoLC)881665954
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Lesser; Jennifer Zahrt; Mimi Chubb
ISBN: 9781619025035 1619025035 1322876118 9781322876115
OCLC Number: 903692748
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 298 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Introductions; On movies and eating; On Merce Cunningham; On the mambo and rhythm; On Six Degrees of Separation; On Prague; On tables and Shakespeare; On horror films; On The Brothers Karamazov; On the Bowery and Luc Sante; On delivering phonebooks; On the LA race riots and his student; On radio in Haiti; On cover songs; On Stoppard and math; On movie theaters and shootings; On Euclid and straight lines; On Jess and his painting; On Ann Hamilton and her art; On postmodernism on the street; On the NEA and offensive art; On a photograph in Life magazine. On mannequinsOn DeafWest and Equus; On moving books; On building a fence; On the digitization of life; On the British Museum Reading Room; On death and assisted suicide; On digression; On her typewriter; On time capsules and AIDS; On reading Emma and Emma reading him; On collecting pennies; On Babel in translation; On driving an eighteen-wheeler in New York; On men's, and his own, watches; On the Kirov Ballet; On being conned in New York City; On seeing Sid Caesar unclothed; On buying Pushkin in Russia; On Robert Pinsky and "Shirt"; On working at home and listening to music. On the Frankfurt BalletOn the Museum of Pathology in Washington, DC; On Taipei and dance; On cellphones and mules; On Burning Man and Shakespeare; On "natural" vs. artificial or manmade; On the passage of time; On haircuts; On English word order; On Wagner's Ring; On Emily Dickinson and a dead rat; On meeting famous people in dreams; On Robinson Crusoe and ink; On the girl in the convertible; On his generation and reading; On taming a horse; On swimming in Vietnam; On working with troubled children; On Lolita; On being in Hollywood on the set; On Bank of America. On Donald Judd and his Marfa installationOn seeing a buffalo in San Francisco; On giving directions to lost people; On his personal notebook; On The Wire; On cutting ties to humanity; On the Frank Bascombe novels; On Emily Dickinson and the morality of humans; On an all-female Macbeth; On getting a stray cat out of his house; On music and reverse immortality; On Man on Wire; On clotheslines; On coming into a movie midstream; On his grandfather in Greece; On the mind; On Dorothea Lange's photo of his mother; On telephone calls from the dead; On biography; On books in his childhood home. On Sophia Rosoff's piano lessonsOn de Waal, netsuke, and touch; On holes in Kansas; On dreams and reality; On video recordings and the passage of time; On parallel parking in New York City; On his uncle dying and a Thom Gunn poem; On Földenyi; On stars in the Hudson and Merce Cunningham; On capoeira; On a car breakdown in the Central Valley; On the Greek financial crisis; On her grandmother's Don Quixote; On writing autobiographically; On writing in the dark; On an anonymous crucifixion and great art.
Other Titles: Threepenny review.
Responsibility: edited by Wendy Lesser, Jennifer Zahrt, and Mimi Chubb.

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"Table Talk is a portable dinner party and a book to read alone while laughing out loud. Table Talk is a salon attended by your smartest friends and by all of the wittiest people they know. Table Talk is a collection of brief but critically acclaimed, half serious/half tongue-in-cheek pieces that borrow the format of The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" column. Selected from several decades (1990-2013) of The Threepenny Review, known colloquially as the West Coast's New York Review of Books, these anecdotal essays debate the historical, artistic, and technological developments of our time. It includes essays by Christopher Ricks, who unfolds a dazzling literary history of the phrase "Table Talk"; Leonard Michaels on why the waltz should be viewed as an aggressive, imperialist dance; and Claire Messud on the art of digression in fiction and conversation. Sigrid Nunez engages with the contemporary vogue for memoir and autobiography, while Luc Sante draws conclusions about postmodern art from a stray bit of graffiti glimpsed on a New York street. Other contributions include Alexander Nehamas on the NEA controversy that roiled the culture wars of the 1990s and Paula Fox's tips for interacting with difficult children. Ninety-nine pieces become a garden of literary delights, as Table Talk takes an irreverent walk on the wild side of philosophical and cultural speculation that will resonate with readers of any age."--

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