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Novelist, memoirist, and essayist Siri Hustvedt, whose most recent book is the essay collection Living, Thinking, Looking (Picador, 2012), talks here about "between space...the zone of action between people through which a third entity is created. Something like a third presence in the room."
"I'm an acquired taste, I think," says the author of nine novels, including The Yips (Open Road, 2012). Barker has been compared to a maggot working into the corpse of fiction, a description that doesn't seem to bother her: "When something irritates you, often it's the most powerful thing," she says.
This short film, starring Jason Goddard and directed by James Button, is an experimental take on the tale of Orpheus, the Greek poet who went to the underworld after the death of his wife Eurydice and secured her release from the dead, only to lose her because he failed to obey the condition that he must not look back at her until they had reached the world of the living.
In addition to helping with relief efforts in her Staten Island community following Huricane Sandy, Jennifer Fitzgerald used her poetry to help explain the physical and emotional impact the storm had on New York. Here she is on PBS NewsHour.