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LIVE from the NYPL: Joseph O'Neill | Hal Foster


Joseph O'Neill in seven words: "Born in 1964, he wrote with difficulty."

Hal Foster in seven words: "Probably separated at birth from James Taylor."


Written during his time as a Cullman Center Fellow, Joseph O'Neill's novel The Dog is a comic and philosophical tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai. In conversation with art critic and current Cullman Center Fellow Hal Foster, O'Neill examines the novel's origins and his writing process. 

Copresented with the Cullman Center

JOSEPH O'NEILL is the author of the several novels, including Netherland, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, This Is the Life, The Breezes, and Blood-Dark Track: A Family History. His most recent novel, The Dog, was written during his time as a Cullman Center Fellow in 2009-2010 and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in New York and teaches at Bard College.

HAL FOSTER is Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a winner of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing and the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism, and a regular contributor to The London Review of Books, Artforum, and October (which he co-edits). His most recent books are The Art-Architecture Complex and The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha. He is currently a fellow at the Cullman Center.


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