Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation | Alana Massey, Leslie Jamison

Alana Massey, author of All the Lives I Want (Grand Central, 2017), discusses her new essay collection with Leslie Jamison, New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams.

All The Lives I Want is a collection of essays considering the intersection of the personal with pop culture through the lives of pivotal female figures ranging from Sylvia Plath to Anna Nicole Smith and Lil’ Kim. In examining the lives of women who reflect our greatest aspirations and darkest fears back onto us, the book serves as a cultural critique and a finely wrought fan letter, interwoven with stories that are achingly personal. But it is, above all, a paean to the celebrities who have shaped a generation of women–from Scarlett Johansson to Amber Rose, Anjelica Huston, Lana Del Rey, Joan Didion and many more. These reflections aim to reimagine these women’s legacies, and in the process, teach us new ways of forgiving ourselves.

Mid-Sentence features writers in conversation on the state of literature today. All events are free and open to the public.











When: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Where: New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance)
212-340-0863
Price: Free
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Alana Massey, author of All the Lives I Want (Grand Central, 2017), discusses her new essay collection with Leslie Jamison, New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams.

All The Lives I Want is a collection of essays considering the intersection of the personal with pop culture through the lives of pivotal female figures ranging from Sylvia Plath to Anna Nicole Smith and Lil’ Kim. In examining the lives of women who reflect our greatest aspirations and darkest fears back onto us, the book serves as a cultural critique and a finely wrought fan letter, interwoven with stories that are achingly personal. But it is, above all, a paean to the celebrities who have shaped a generation of women–from Scarlett Johansson to Amber Rose, Anjelica Huston, Lana Del Rey, Joan Didion and many more. These reflections aim to reimagine these women’s legacies, and in the process, teach us new ways of forgiving ourselves.

Mid-Sentence features writers in conversation on the state of literature today. All events are free and open to the public.

Buy tickets/get more info now