Stories about Wrestling the Muse
No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. —Vincent Van Gogh
In honor of its tenth season premiere, The Moth, New York's Hip Urban Storytelling group, together with Yaddo, the legendary artists retreat, and LIVE from The New York Public Library—come together for a very special Friday Moth Night. This is the fourth time The Moth has been LIVE from the NYPL!
The NYPL is home to the Yaddo Archive, an amazing collection of material that will form the core of a forthcoming exhibition at the NYPL, and serve as the inspiration for some LIVE from the NYPL events.
To celebrate The Moth's tenth season premiere, five storytellers (all of whom have spent time inside Yaddo's walls) will explore artistic invention, from the germ of an idea to the full blown fever of the creative process. Join us and our host, Jonathan Ames, for this celebration of LIVE from the NYPL, The Moth, The Mansion, and "the blessed unrest."
6:30 pm Doors Open
7:30 pm Stories Start on Stage
Co-presented by the MOTH & Yaddo.
Sponsored by TNT
Host: Jonathan Ames
Violin: Megan Weeder
Curators: Paul Holdengräber and Yaddo
Artistic Director: Catherine Burns
Executive and Creative Director: Lea Thau
Senior Producer: Sarah Austin Jenness
Curator and Producer: Jenifer Hixson
Assistant Producer: Katie Miller
About the Storytellers:
JONATHAN AMES (Host) is the author of I Love You More Than You Know, I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What's Not To Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, and Wake Up, Sir! He is the editor of Sexual Metamorphosis: Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs and he is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is recurring guest on The Late Show with David Letterman, and his comedic memoir What's Not to Love? was filmed as a TV pilot for the Showtime network. His novels The Extra Man and Wake Up, Sir! are in development as films with screenplays by Mr. Ames. www.jonathanames.com
CARL BERNSTEIN, along with Bob Woodward, broke the story of the Watergate break-in and consequently helped bring about the resignation of President Nixon. For his role in breaking the scandal, Bernstein received many awards; his work helped earn the Post a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1973. Bernstein has worked as a senior correspondent for the ABC network, taught at New York University, and is currently a contributor to Vanity Fair magazine. He authored two books with Woodward: All the President's Men, which detailed the successes and failures of their journalistic efforts against the backdrop of the unfolding scandal, and The Final Days, a recounting of the concluding months of the Nixon presidency. He co-authored the book His Holiness: John Paul II & the History of Our Time with Marco Politi, and published a memoir, Loyalties. Following the May 2005 revelation of the identity of Deep Throat, Bernstein contributed to Woodward's book The Secret Man. He is currently working on a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, to be published by Knopf next year.
JONATHAN SANTLOFER is the author of The Death Artist, Color Blind and The Killing Art, and has had his novels translated into more than 16 languages. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Painting Grants, has had over 200 exhibitions in the US and abroad, and has had his artwork written about and reviewed in The NY Times, Artforum, Art In America, Arts, and Interview. His most recent exhibition was with the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City. His forthcoming novel, Anatomy of Fear, a combination thriller and graphic novel, will be published in April 2007 by HarperCollins.
ANNA SCHULEIT is a painter and installation artist whose large-scale installations revolve around the remembrance of public sites and modern ruins. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the recipient of fellowships from the Banff Centre, the Blue Mountain Center, and the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been supported by numerous agencies and organizations, including the Animating Democracy Initiative of Americans for the Arts, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. She recently served as a public art consultant for "Arts for Transit" of the MTA in New York City. She is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and the recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Fellowship.
About the Violinist:
Megan Weeder has a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Ethnomusicology through the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Since 1992, she has been performing and recording music from the Arab world, Central Asia, Iran and Turkey, in ensembles such as Saba and the Salaam Middle Eastern Music and Dance Ensemble. She has also performed American traditional music, Javanese Gamelan, and flamenco guitar. Megain is one of the founders for the ECHO World Music Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, and served as their administrative director for two years. She currently studies with Bassam Saba and performs and records with groups ranging from traditional Arabic to rock and roll. www.meganweeder.com.
Yaddo is an artists? community established in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1900 by the financier Spencer Trask and his poet wife, Katrina, to offer creative artists the rare gift of a supportive environment with uninterrupted time to think, experiment, and create. Over the years, Yaddo has welcomed more than 5,500 artists working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Yaddo now annually welcomes 200 artists for residencies lasting up to two months. www.yaddo.org.
About The MOTH
The Moth, a New York based non-profit arts organization dedicated to the art of storytelling, has been called ?New York?s hottest and hippest literary ticket? by The Wall Street Journal. Celebrating its 10th season, The Moth features simple, old-fashioned storytelling on thoroughly modern themes by wildly divergent raconteurs. Past storytellers at The Moth have included Malcolm Gladwell, Ethan Hawke, Erica Jong, Frank McCourt, Moby, and George Plimpton as well as a VooDoo Priestess, an astronaut and hundreds more. In addition to its main stage, The Moth conducts two other programs—The Moth StorySLAM, a competitive storytelling event, and The Moth Outreach Program, which conducts workshops for underserved teens and adults in rehabilitation programs. The Moth has sold out every show since it?s inception in 1997, and is launching its first U.S. tour on October 12 at UCLA Live in Los Angeles. www.themoth.org.