Pull and Push of Freedom: Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson and Jessica Johnson

Pull and Push of Freedom: Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson and Jessica Johnson

2:00pm

Thursday, October 28

Award-winning American author Maggie Nelson challenges our concept of freedom in her thoughtful new work of criticism, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint. Drawing on a vast range of material, from critical theory to pop culture and the plain exchanges of daily life, Nelson thoughtfully examines how the conditions of our day affect the ways in which we think, experience and talk about freedom. One of the leading literary thinkers of our time, Nelson discusses the four realms – art, sex, drugs and climate – by which freedom so powerfully rouses and repels us.

Interviewer: Jessica Johnson

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Award-winning American author Maggie Nelson challenges our concept of freedom in her thoughtful new work of criticism, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint. Drawing on a vast range of material, from critical theory to pop culture and the plain exchanges of daily life, Nelson thoughtfully examines how the conditions of our day affect the ways in which we think, experience and talk about freedom. One of the leading literary thinkers of our time, Nelson discusses the four realms – art, sex, drugs and climate – by which freedom so powerfully rouses and repels us.

Interviewer: Jessica Johnson

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Maggie Nelson is the author of several books of poetry and prose, including The Argonauts, which was a New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner. She teaches at University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

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Jessica Johnson is executive editor and creative director of the Walrus, Canada’s leading general interest magazine. She is the former books editor of Saturday Night and National Post, and a former reporter and editor at The Globe and Mail. A national magazine award-winning writer, she has contributed essays and criticism to a range of publications in Canada and the US. 

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Thursday, October 28

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