Popkin’s eye for detail leads to many resonant vignettes of Philly in the summer, like the bus driver who wears a rolled-up white towel on the back of his neck, or the parking-lot attendant’s shack with its “cheap desk fan” that “rocks back and forth, letting out a tiny wail each time it turns.” The author’s sense of sound is acute. In the library, he writes, “my chair against the polished floor lets out a trumpet note, slashing the silence of the reading room.”
Liz Spikol in the JEWISH EXPONENT
While Nathaniel Popkin is on tour, speaking for America along with other contributors to the anthology Who Will Speak for America? (Temple University Press), reviews continue to come in for his novel Everything Is Borrowed. Here's an excerpt from the most recent:
Our peripatetic author Nathaniel Popkin is featured on yet another podcast, in addition to the ones listed in our previous post.
His latest appearance is on Gil Roth's fascinating The Virtual Memories Show. Here he talks not only about his novel Everything Is Borrowed -- which Roth characterizes as "the anti-Fountainhead" -- but also about the Writers Resist movement, his new co-edited anthology Who Will Speak for America?, his longtime involvement with Hidden City Daily, his contribution to the spectacular photography book Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, and more.
At one point he remarks that writers have to delude themselves about their own importance and originality. Do you agree?
He also notes the flourishing literary scene in Philadelphia -- not that we're deluding ourselves, of course.
Our tireless author Nathaniel Popkin has done a host of recent interviews and podcasts about his novel Everything Is Borrowed. Here are some links to check out.
Give and Take
Reading at Free Library with Mary Morris (Scroll down to the episode released on 5/14/2018)
In addition, the prolific Nathaniel has been on the road promoting a timely new anthology he co-edited, Who Will Speak for America? See his website for details.
As readers of The Speed of Clouds already know, author novelist Miriam Seidel has a wide range of other interests and talents: art, art criticism, design, music, science...
On July 21 she'll combine two of her passions and vocations when she gives a combined reading and gallery tour at The Center for Art in Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, 2:00-3:30 p.m. The occasion is the closing reception for Connie Mississippi: Circle of Time, an exhibition Miriam curated. First she'll read from The Speed of Clouds -- probably the hilarious scene that takes place at an art opening -- and then she'll take visitors on a guided tour of the exhibition.
Click on the picture to go to the Center's web page for the event.
There's an excellent interview with Nathaniel Popkin, author of Everything Is Borrowed, on the PhillyLitSpace website. Click on the image above for the full text. Here are some excerpts:
On the city as a force in the character's lives:
Another interview of Nathaniel Popkin just posted, this one on WYBC/Yale Radio with Brainard Carey. Here Nathaniel shares the historical story that prompted his novel Everything Is Borrowed: an event from the 1890s demonstrating “the way that we can seduce other people into their own self-betrayal.”
He then explains how he paired this incident with a similar one in the modern protagonist’s own life. The concept is a key to the novel's deep psychological explorations. In everyday life, how often do we lure other people to betray their own best selves, or best principles, without realizing that we're doing so? Do we do it in love? (Think about that a moment.) In business? In politics? The novel prompts us to question our own assumptions of innocence.
Nathaniel also relates the book to “the intense crisis we’re in today,” with issues of “foreignness, immigration, otherness.”
This is a cogent and thoughtful interview.
"Architects are supposed to be the builders up, and yet in this novel, the architect Nicholas Moscowitz has hit a creative block. . . . To go forward he needs to tear down."
So says author Nathaniel Popkin in a Philadelphia Weekly interview about his novel Everything Is Borrowed. He's done a number of interviews lately, in print and in audio. Here's a list with links:
You can meet the authors of our two new novels, and pick up signed copies, at the following readings this month:
"In his new novel Everything Is Borrowed, Nathaniel Popkin looks through the eyes of a modern-day architect to explore how a city’s history can echo through the years. Popkin expertly plays with time. His writing is beautifully layered, and the book’s parallel stories tie together in unexpected ways that keep a seemingly simple plot engaging throughout."
So begins the Foreword Reviews piece on Everything Is Borrowed, to be released in nine days. Click on the image to read the full review.