Majesty of Impulse: On the Great Lost Works of Camden Joy

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:00pm

Tom Adelman, under the pen name Camden Joy, first attained notoriety in the mid-nineties for his New York City postering projects and street manifestos. His work, which blurs the lines between music criticism, memoir, and fiction, has appeared in periodicals such as the Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix, SF Weekly, and McSweeney's and on This American Life. In 2002, Joy was heralded by Rolling Stone as “one of the great rock writers of our age.” He is the author of five novels—including The Last Rock Star Book or Liz Phair: A Rant—and Lost Joy, a collection of stories, pamphlets, and posters. Recently, Adelman has authored two books on baseball under his own name, and under the name of Camden Joy has been performing an ongoing series of songs inspired by the 2005 Presidential Coins Act.

A talk from Adelman will be preceded by a discussion of his work by a panel including Justin Taylor (Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever), Adam Wilson (Flatscreen), Trinie Dalton (Wide-Eyed, Baby Geisha), David N. Meyer (Twenty-Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music), Samuel Cohen (After the End of Fiction: American Fiction in the 1990s), and Ben Bush.

Justin Taylor is the author of the novel The Gospel of Anarchy and the story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever.

Adam Wilson is the author of Flatscreen and the forthcoming collection of short stories What’s Important Is Feeling. His writing has appeared in Paris Review, Tin House, and New York Tyrant.

Trinie Dalton is the author of the novella Sweet Tomb and the short story collections Wide Eyed and Baby Geisha.

David N. Meyer is the author of Twenty-Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music and The Bee-Gees: The Biography.

Samuel Cohen is an associate professor of English at the University of Missouri and the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s and co-editor of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace.

Ben Bush has contributed to The Believer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Poets & Writers. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary Review and Yeti.

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