Scott Esposito in conversation with Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of

The Doubles

by Scott Esposito

published by Civil Coping Mechanisms

Part memoir-through-film, part inquiry into the effect art has on our lives, Scott Esposito's The Doubles is a passionate, exquisitely written examination of 14 films that have made him.
Retelling one film per year, and covering 20 years of Esposito's life from 1996 - 2016, The Doubles shows the development via film of a critical intelligence and a maturing human being. From classic cinema like A Clockwork Orange to cosmological documentaries like A Brief History of Time to offbeat works like Koyaanisqatsi and major contemporary fare like Boyhood, Esposito's book inquires into the possibilities of a medium that has made us all.
"Scott Esposito is a true American cosmopolitan." — Álvaro Enrigue, author of Sudden Death

"To read The Doubles is to discover that Scott Esposito is as thrillingly insightful about film, and about human experience, as he is about literature. With a bounding intelligence, a tremendous—and seemingly effortless—erudition, with enormous soulfulness, energy and wit, Esposito strains his life through the prism of cinema (or is it the other way around?) and arrives at something magnificent: a work of sustained criticism that is itself a work of high art, and a profound meditation on how the art we see becomes who we are."
—Matthew Specktor, Los Angeles Review of Books founding editor 
and author of American Dream Machine

Scott Esposito is the author of four books, most recently The Doubles from Civil Coping Mechanisms. He is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, Tin House, The White Review, The Lifted Brow, The Believer, The Washington Post, and others. He was a finalist for the 2014 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. 

Micheline Aharonian Marcom has published five novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century.  She has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the US Artists' Foundation. Her sixth book, The Brick House, is forthcoming in November from Awst Press. Her seventh book The New American, will be published in 2019 by Verso Books. Marcom is the founder of a digital, public arts storytelling project documenting the stories of Central American refugees: She teaches Creative Writing at Mills College and Goddard College.