Column McCann at Vassar November 4 | Books & Authors | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

Column McCann at Vassar November 4 

click to enlarge sl_colum-mccann_credit_dustin-aksland-for-the-wall-street-journal.gif

"Those who saw him hushed. On Church Street. Liberty. Cortlandt. West Street. Fulton Vesey. It was a silence that heard itself, awful and beautiful." So begins Column McCann's National Book Award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin. The man in question is Philippe Petit, the French highwire artist (and longtime Ulster County resident) who crossed a threshold of air 110 stories up and straight into mythology with his World Trade Center stunt in 1974. Let the Great World Spin follows the lives of a diverse set of New Yorkers on that day. In interviews, McCann has remarked on the metaphor of the tightrope of "ordinary" life: "There is still an invisible tightrope wire that we all walk, with equally high stakes, only it is hidden to most, and only one inch off the ground." On November 4 at 6pm, McCann will deliver the annual William Gifford lecture in Taylor Hall at Vassar College. (845) 437-5370; Vassar.edu

Speaking of...

  • An Exhibit of Helen Frankenthaler's Prints
  • An Exhibit of Helen Frankenthaler's Prints

    Over 25 prints by the pioneering abstract artist Helen Frankenthaler are on display at Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.
    • Oct 1, 2017
  • Fall 5K and Environmental Fair
  • Fall 5K and Environmental Fair

    On Sunday, September 17th, the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve will host a 5K Fun Run and Environmental Fair. It’s free and open to the public.
    • Sep 11, 2017
  • Burroughs is Back
  • Burroughs is Back

    "John Burroughs and the North American Review," a panel discussion, will take place at Vassar College on September 29 at 6:30pm.
    • Sep 1, 2016
  • More »
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Streets: An Ode to the Outcast @ The Bakery

Streets: An Ode to the Outcast

Jan. 1-Feb. 28 — "Streets: an Ode to the Outcast," a photography exhibit by Kelin Long-Gaye,...

View all of today's events

Latest in Books & Authors

More by Chronogram Staff

Hudson Valley Tweets