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Robert Glück @ Small Press Traffic

November 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

City Lights, New York Review Books, and Small Press Traffic celebrate the publication of

About Ed
By Robert Glück
Published by New York Review Books

This event to be held at The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, California, 94103

Robert Glück will be introduced by Brandon Brown.

“I was a writer, but not the writer I needed to be. For that I had to become a different person,” Robert Glück, widely acclaimed as a novelist and as a theorist of “the new narrative,” recently told the Paris Review, in which a section of About Ed has appeared. About Ed is Glück’s portrait of the artist Ed Aulerich-Sugai, his sometime lover, met in the seventies in San Francisco, when gay life emerged unabashedly from the closet. “I wanted to find in Ed something to latch on to that was outside my egotism and fear, my threadbare relation to the world—a leap through Ed into lyric time,” Glück has said, and in this book that is both “a novel and my version of an AIDS memoir” he wanted to capture the full range of his feelings for Ed: “estranged from Ed, bored by him, moved by him.”

It is a book about the life they lived together—art and writing and family and sex and death—and, composed over many decades, it is also a book about how the past continues to change in memory and to charge the present. “What is the right question to ask about a life?” Glück asks, describing About Ed as a “collaborative project,” since “Ed helped me write this book.” Ed gave him “notes to fashion a chapter about the day he was diagnosed so I could describe his experience from the inside,” and “after Ed died, Daniel, Ed’s partner, lent me Ed’s dream journals. . . . He started writing them in 1970, the year that we met. We both used his journals, not as puzzles to solve the truth of a self but as a commons producing images that we harvested for paintings and poems. And fifty years later, there I was reading and copying out and running away from his dreams. Are they a condensed version of Ed? Shorthand? Distillation? Is he knowable and unknowable in the same degree sleeping or waking?”

About Ed is a challenging and beautiful book by one of America’s finest and most adventurous writers.

“I’ve probably never anticipated a book so eagerly. About Ed is love the way it happens: awkward, lyrical with antagonism, stuff & flourish. Love has duration and is irreplaceable. And this is such a book.” —Eileen Myles

Robert Glück is a poet, fiction writer, critic, and editor. With Bruce Boone, he founded the New Narrative movement in San Francisco. His poetry collections include Reader and, with Boone, La Fontaine. His fiction includes the story collection Denny Smith, and the novel Jack the Modernist. Glück edited, with Camille Roy, Mary Berger, and Gail Scott, the anthology Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative, and his collected essays, Communal Nude, appeared in 2016. Glück served as the director of San Francisco State’s Poetry Center, co-director of the Small Press Traffic Literary Center, and associate editor at Lapis Press. He lives in San Francisco.

Small Press Traffic is a Bay Area seedbed for poets who push boundaries in the arts. We present programs, publications, and curatorial opportunities with an ethos of radical inclusivity. Committed to this mission since 1974, we highlight diverse, multidisciplinary, and intergenerational practitioners in our public programs, and prioritize equity, accessibility, and collaboration in our working model. SPT also stewards an archive of small press material produced and circulated in the Bay Area over the last half century. To learn more visit: https://www.smallpresstraffic.org/

This event made possible by support from the City Lights Foundation. To learn more visit: https://citylights.com/foundation/


November 17, 2023
7:00 pm


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The Lab
2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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