Peter Coviello - "Is There God After Prince?" - Emily Ogden

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Peter Coviello

Peter Coviello will discuss Is There God After Prince?.  He will be joined in conversation by Emily OgdenThis event will be held in person at The Seminary Co-op. 


About the book: This is a book about loving things—books, songs, people—in the shadow of a felt, looming disaster. Through lyrical, funny, heart-wrenching essays, Peter Coviello considers pieces of culture across a fantastic range, setting them inside the vivid scenes of friendship, dispute, romance, talk, and loss, where they enter our lives. Alongside him, we reencounter movies like The Shining, shows like The Sopranos; videos; poems; novels by Sam Lipsyte, Sally Rooney, and Paula Fox; as well as songs by Joni Mitchell, Gladys Knight, Steely Dan, Pavement, and the much-mourned saint of Minneapolis, Prince.

Navigating an overwhelming feeling that Coviello calls “endstrickenness,” he asks what it means to love things in calamitous times, when so much seems to be shambling toward collapse. Balancing comedy and anger, exhilaration and sorrow, Coviello illuminates the strange ways the things we cherish help us to hold on to life and to its turbulent joys. Is There God After Prince? shows us what twenty-first-century criticism can be, and how it might speak to us, in a time of ruin, in an age of “Last Things.”

About the author: Peter Coviello is the author of five previous books, including Tomorrow’s Parties, a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Award in LGBT Studies; Long Players, a memoir selected as one of Artforum’s Ten Best Books of 2018; and Make Yourselves Gods, also published by the University of Chicago Press. His essays have appeared in FriezeChicago Review, Los Angeles Review of BooksRaritanElle, and Believer, among other publications. He is professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

About the interlocutor: Emily Ogden is associate professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism and On Not Knowing: How to Love and Other Essays. You can find her on Twitter at @ENOgden. She lives in Charlottesville, VA. 

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637