John Barth with Michael Silverblatt, Conversation, 25 April 2001 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 25, 2001.

John Barth’s novels include Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera; The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor; Tidewater Tales; Sabbatical: A Romance; Giles Goat-Boy or, The Revised New Syllabus; and The Sot-Weed Factor. His two short story collections are On with the Story and Lost in the Funhouse.

Mr. Barth has written, “We tell stories and listen to them because we live stories and live in them. Narrative equals language equals life: To cease to narrate…is to die.” Mr. Barth, who is professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins University, received the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website.

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One thought on “John Barth with Michael Silverblatt, Conversation, 25 April 2001 – Video

  1. Mark Brawner

    10:00-11:50 Although it gets a big laugh when he “corrects” Michael Silverblatt, it’s amusing that Barth actually misremembers the opening scene of ‘The End of the Road’. Silverblatt is right: it opens in the Progress and Advice Room. The Penn Station scene is in chapter 6.

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