15:30 – 16:30 Reading as a way of life

Walter MacFarlane Stage
Books are often thought of as a supplement to life. What happens if they become the substance of life instead? Here Josh Cohen and Lara Feigel, two writers who’ve been formed by books, talk about figuring out how to live alongside the writers they love. Lara Feigel’s Free Woman is a unsettlingly honest memoir examining her own experiences of relationships, motherhood and love alongside Doris Lessing’s. Josh Cohen’s Not Working is a celebration of the value of imaginative sloth in Josh’s own life and in the work and life of writers and artists such as Tracy Emin and Emily Dickinson.

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