Michael Robbins - "Walkman" - Elif Batuman

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Michael Robbins

Michael Robbins will discuss Walkman with Elif Batuman.

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House

Virtual event


About the book: Michael Robbins’s first two books of poetry were raucous protests lodged from the frontage roads and big-box stores of off-ramp America. With Walkman, he turns a corner. These new poems confront self-pity and nostalgia in witty-miserable defiance of our political and ecological moment. It’s the end of the world, and Robbins has listened to all the tapes in his backpack. So he’s making music from whatever junk he finds lying around.

About the author: Michael Robbins now lives in New Jersey. He is the author of two previous poetry collections, Alien vs. Predator and The Second Sex, and Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music, a volume of essays, as well as the editor of Margaret Cavendish, a selection of the duchess's poems. He is an associate professor of English at Montclair State University.

About the interlocutor: Elif Batuman’s first novel, The Idiot, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in fiction. She is also the author of The Possessed, a collection of comical interconnected essays about Russian literature, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. She has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2010 and holds a doctoral degree in comparative literature from Stanford University.

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