LIVE from the NYPL: How to Live Dada: Andrei Codrescu, Henry Alford & Mark Twain Interview Each Other!

April 13, 2009

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An evening of gentlemen bearing questions and channeling the great books that will answer them! Also, elder aerialist sages, minstrels, and the Dance of the Seven Veils! Tristan Tzara and Charlie Chaplin will be in the audience!

Andrei Codrescu's new book, The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, will be Codrescu's chief oracle in this orgy of bibliomania. Codrescu was introduced to Mark Twain by Nikola Tesla in the novel Messia@.

Is old age a form of Dada expression? At what point does "eccentric" turn into "Dadaist?" Recounting examples of odd behavior from Henry Alford's new book, How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth), characters like Eugene Loh, a retired aerospace engineer who uses an emptied Frosted Flakes box as his briefcase, they will talk about how old age can be a wonderful time to become Dada. Paul Holdengräber will make a cameo appearance as Mark Twain.

Projected REAL TIME conversation drawing by Flash Rosenberg and "Unexceptional Tricks" by Max rada dada

Photos of Andrei Codrescu by Brian Baiamonte and Henry Alford by John Woo

About Henry Alford

Henry Alford is the author of How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth). He has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times for more than a decade.






About Andrei Codrescu

Andrei Codrescu's new books are The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess and Jealous Witness: New Poems. He is the author of forty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Life & Letters. He received a Peabody award for the PBS version of his film Road Scholar. He has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered since 1983.




About Mark Twain

By the end of his life in 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) published more than 30 books, hundreds of short stories and essays, and gave lecture tours around the world. Twain's new book is Who Is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain Himself, Never Before Published!






About Flash Rosenberg

Flash Rosenberg is a freelance photographer and Artist-in-Residence for LIVE from the NYPL. She draws discussions in front of live audiences to create real time Conversation Portraits. These drawings are an amorphous portrait of what it feels like to translate complex ideas into simple lines. She squeezes 90-minute blabs into 5-to-8 minute animations, which may be seen on the LIVE website.




About Max rada dada

Max rada dada has performed in the 2005 New York Fringe Festival and has been touring the country ever since with his Sideshow of ?Unexceptional Tricks? performing at Intuit in Chicago, Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, Ohio University, and Houston's Art Car Parade among others. His performance at the Library is part of his "Veil of Happiness" Sideshow Detour 2009 in NYC.