LANNY WITH MAX PORTER
Dead Papa Toothwort is awake.
An innovative hybrid of fairy tale, fable, and myth, Lanny (Faber, 2019) is Max Porter’s hugely anticipated second novel and recently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2019.
There’s a village sixty miles outside London. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the people who lived in it hundreds of years ago. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, a figure schoolchildren used to draw green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, enchanting boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny.
Max Porter’s first novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, was published to widespread acclaim in 2015, winning the Sunday Times/Peters, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages and was recently adapted by Enda Walsh into a stage production starring Cillian Murphy.
Chaired by John Self.
NOT WORKING: WHY WE HAVE TO STOP WITH JOSH COHEN
More than ever before, we live in a culture that denounces inactivity and demonizes idleness. A permanent busyness pervades even our quietest moments. Little wonder so many of us are burning out.
Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen explores the paradoxical pleasures, as well as human necessity of inactivity. Drawing on his personal experience and on stories from his consulting room, Josh punctuates his discussions with portraits of figures whose inactivity was a condition of imaginative freedom and creativity – Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, Emily Dickinson and David Foster Wallace.
Not Working gets to the heart of the apathy so many of us feel when faced with the demands of contemporary life, and asks how we might live a different and more fulfilled existence.
Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern literature, psychoanalysis and cultural theory. His books include How to Read Freud (Granta, 2005) and The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark (Granta, 2013). He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, New Statesman and TLS.