WATCH: Pop Song’s Larissa Pham in Conversation with Poet Sally Wen Mao
Hosted by Greenlight Bookstore
Acclaimed Brooklyn-based author Larissa Pham joins us in-person at Fort Greene for the paperback launch of Pop Song—a momentous anniversary of our virtual hardcover release last year! She’s joined by award-winning poet Sally Wen Mao (Oculus) for an incandescent, searching conversation and celebration.
Like a song that feels written just for you, Pham’s debut work of nonfiction captures the imagination and refuses to let go. Pop Song is a book about love and about falling in love—with a place, or a painting, or a person—and the joy and terror inherent in the experience of that love. Plumbing the well of culture for clues and patterns about love and loss—from Agnes Martin’s abstract paintings to James Turrell’s transcendent light works, and Anne Carson’s Eros the Bittersweet to Frank Ocean’s Blonde—Pham writes of her youthful attempts to find meaning in travel, sex, drugs, and art, before sensing that she might need to turn her gaze upon herself.
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