Thursday, June 18, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST, Event will be held virtually on the Crowdcast platform. Consult event listing for more info.
Greil Marcus in conversation with Justin Desmangles
discussing Greil Marcus' new book
Under the Red White and Blue: Patriotism, Disenchantment and the Stubborn Myth of the Great Gatsby
published by Yale University Press
Purchase the book (HERE)
to purchase the recently published edition of BFI's The Manchurian Candidate by Greil Marcus (click here)
to purchase the newly published fully illustrated edition of MYSTERY TRAIN (click here)
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Event is free, but reservations are required
A deep dive into how F. Scott Fitzgerald's vision of the American Dream has been understood, portrayed, distorted, misused, and kept alive
Greil Marcus has written many books, including Mystery Train, Lipstick Traces, The Old, Weird America, and The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America. He was born in the Middle West, in San Francisco and lives in Oakland, CA.
Justin Desmangles is chairman of the Before Columbus Foundation, administrator of the American Book Award, and host of the radio broadcast New Day Jazz, now in its fifteenth year.
Advance praise for Under the Red, White, and Blue
"Greil Marcus is one of our greatest living cultural critics. Not only is this a wildly original essay on one of America's most revered novels—it's also a fitting capstone to his oeuvre."—James Miller
"Now more than ever, we need to think long and hard about our collective national fantasies. There's no one better suited to this task than Greil Marcus."—David Treuer, author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
"With history, with narrative flourish, and with thoughtfully woven connective tissue, Greil Marcus takes The Great Gatsby and gives it a newer, richer life well beyond the one it has already lived."—Hanif Abdurraqib, author of Go Ahead in The Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest
"Greil Marcus's prose has an electric wondering urgency; the artworks under description crackle and glow, illuminating whole landscapes of history and culture. This method has never found a better home than Gatsby. The result kept me up all night."—Jonathan Lethem, author of The Ecstasy of Influence
"Under the Red White and Blue is a soaring, roaring song of a book. The pretext is The Great Gatsby, but the value comes in riding along as Marcus beats back into the past and the fate of America."—David Thomson, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
"Astute, challenging, and far-reaching."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[Marcus'] smart, singular book gives us invigorating new ways to think about Fitzgerald's iconic novel."—Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle