Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7pm, Music Building, $10
a m e s o o d
with Leonard Lopate
is a book critic at The New Yorker, and the author of the volumes of nonfiction The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, How Fiction Works, The Fun Stuff, and, most recently, The Nearest Thing to Life, as well as the novel The Book Against God. Cynthia Ozick has said of Mr. Wood: “He is our best critic; he thinks with a sublime ferocity. One can…be swept away by his exactitude, his penetration, the remarkable range of his reading, the unsurpassable…force of his autonomous prose; above all, by his stringent originality.” The Nation has said: “James Wood, the ferociously intelligent critic…[is] one of those rare writers who can enrich one’s own engagement with life.” The Los Angeles Times has said: “Wood is among the few contemporary writers of great consequence.” The New York Observer has said: “Let’s drop the qualifiers and say it loud and clear: [James Wood] is the best. [He] is a blessing to the culture… [This] kind of reading is how criticism justifies its existence.” The Financial Times has described Mr. Wood as “the best literary critic of his generation.”
In addition to reading from his work, Mr. Wood will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
Photo of James Wood: Miriam Berkley