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  Christopher Sorrentino reads “Our Prom Crash” (19:15), “FAQ” (11:25), and “The Cursed” (9:30; from Conjunctions:58, Riveted)
• The author of Sound on Sound, Trance, Death Wish, and other books reads from his work.
  PROM CRASH MP3

FAQ MP3

CURSED MP3







  H. G. Carrillo (10:01), Richard Sieburth (16:36), and Marjorie Welish (13:02) read from their work in Conjunctions:62, Exile
• Three of our foremost contemporary writers read from their contributions to our Spring 2014 issue on cultural, geographic, and existential exile, at the NYU Bookstore, New York, NY, July 10, 2014.
  CARRILLO MP3

SIEBURTH MP3

WELISH MP3







  Benjamin Hale (22:01) and Bennett Sims (20:03) read from their work
• Benjamin Hale, author of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, reads from “Venus at Her Mirror” in Conjunctions:60, In Absentia, and Bennett Sims, author of A Questionable Shape, reads from “Fables” in Conjunctions:61, A Menagerie, at Oblong Books and Music, Rhinebeck, NY, May 2, 2014.
  HALE MP3

SIMS MP3







  Michael Cunningham reads from The Snow Queen (52:40)
• The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours reads from his most recent novel in the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series at Bard College, April 7, 2014.
  CUNNINGHAM VIDEO ON VIMEO
(Audio recording and production: Dennis Villiers.)






  Amy Hempel reads from her work (36:27)
• The master of the short-fiction form reads from her Collected Stories and unpublished new work in the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series at Bard College, March 10, 2014.
  HEMPEL MP3
(Audio recording and production: Dennis Villiers.)






  James Morrow (17:01), Susan Daitch (13:47), and Paul Lisicky (9:31) read from work including their contributions to Conjunctions:61, A Menagerie. (Community Bookstore reading, 12/15/13)
  MORROW MP3

DAITCH MP3

LISICKY MP3






  Terese Svoboda reads from her story in Conjunctions:61, A Menagerie, and Chris Hosea and Cathy Park Hong read from work including their poems in our weekly online magazine. (KGB Bar reading, 10/13/13)
  HONG MP3

SVOBODA MP3

HOSEA MP3






  Karen Russell, From “Vampires in the Lemon Grove” (31:29) and “Children’s Reminiscences of the Westward Migration” (4:38)
• The author of Swamplandia! and St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves reads from the title story of Vampires in the Lemon Grove and from her piece in Conjunctions:45, The Secret Lives of Children.

  VAMPIRES MP3

MIGRATION MP3






  Junot Díaz, “Alma” and “Wildwood”(14:24) 
• The author of Drown reads from This Is How You Lose Her and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

  DÍAZ MP3






  Celebrating William Gaddis: Remarks and readings by Bradford Morrow (6:38), Rick Moody (15:16), Francine Prose (7:35), Samuel R. Delany (22:02), and Robert Coover (21:11) 
• From the New School’s February 20, 2013, celebration of the great American novelist William Gaddis, and of the publication of Gaddis’s selected letters by Dalkey Archive Press and in Conjunctions:59, Colloquy.

  MORROW MP3

MOODY MP3

PROSE MP3

DELANY MP3

COOVER MP3






  Otto Penzler on mystery and noir (34:37) 
• The world’s foremost authority on crime, mystery, and suspense fiction talks dirty deeds with Conjunctions editor Bradford Morrow.

  PENZLER MP3






  Charles Bernstein reads from his work (17:41) 
• The author of All the Whiskey in Heaven, Attack of the Difficult Poems, Girly Man, and other books reads from his work, including his contribution to Conjunctions:60, In Absentia.

  BERNSTEIN MP3






  Valerie Martin, From “Et In Acadiana Ego” (15:01) and “His Blue Period” (5:18) 
• The author of Mary Reilly and Salvation: Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis reads excerpts from her contributions to Web Conjunctions and Conjunctions:36, Dark Laughter.

  “ACADIANA” MP3

“BLUE PERIOD” MP3






  Jedediah Berry, From Seven Stories (14:17) and Ourselves, Multiplied (3:24)
• The winner of the Crawford Award and the author of The Manual of Detection reads from his work, including his “Seven Stories” in Conjunctions:59, Colloquy and “Ourselves, Multiplied” from Conjunctions:52, Betwixt the Between.

  “SEVEN STORIES” MP3

“OURSELVES, MULTIPLED” MP3






  Yannick Murphy, The Call (14:40)
• The author of Here They Come; Signed, Mata Hari; and other books reads from her most recent novel.
  MURPHY MP3







  Peter Gizzi, “Vincent, Homesick for the Land of Pictures” and other poems (16:03)
• The author of Some Values of Landscape and Weather, The Outernationale, and Threshold Songs reads work including his poem in Conjunctions:47.
  GIZZI MP3







  Edie Meidav, From “Dogs of Cuba: The Buddha of the Vedado” (8:41) and Lola, California (18:29)
• The author of Crawl Space and The Far Field reads from her story in Conjunctions:59, Colloquy and from her third novel.
  “DOGS OF CUBA” MP3

LOLA, CALIFORNIA MP3







  Martine Bellen reads cat poems (15:24)
• The author of Further Adventures of the Monkey God, Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems (winner of the National Poetry Series Award), and other works reads from poems including those in Conjunctions:58, Riveted.

  BELLEN MP3






  Melissa Pritchard, “Ecorché: Flayed Man” (29:05)
• The author of Spirit Seizures and other works reads from her fiction collection The Odditorium.

  PRITCHARD MP3






  James Morrow, From Galapagos Regained [working title] (32:05)
• The two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and the author of the Godhead Trilogy and Shambling Towards Hiroshima reads from his novel in progress.

  MORROW MP3






  Tom McCarthy, From Remainder (29:44), and “On Dodgem Jockeys” (8:09)
• The author of Remainder, C, Men In Space, and Tintin and the Secret of Literature reads from his work.

  REMAINDER MP3

ON DODGEM JOCKEYS MP3







  Rick Moody, From Rapid Transit (17:41) and Purple America (4:03)
• The author of The Black Veil, The Ice Storm, Garden State, and other celebrated novels reads work including his story in Conjunctions:57, Kin.

  RAPID TRANSIT MP3

PURPLE AMERICA MP3






  Noy Holland, From Swim for the Little One First (10:12)
• The author of Spectacle of the Body and What Begins with Bird reads from her story in Conjunctions:57, Kin, live at BookCourt in Brooklyn, NY, December 9, 2011.

  HOLLAND MP3







  Eliot Weinberger reads Octavio Paz (9:57)
• The National Book Critics Circle award winner reads new translations of poetry and prose by Octavio Paz, including the first English translation of Paz’s “Interrupted Elegy” (published in Conjunctions:57, Kin), live at BookCourt in Brooklyn, NY, December 9, 2011.

  WEINBERGER MP3








Photo by Marion Ettlinger
  Joyce Carol Oates, On Inspiration (42:22)
• The National Book Award-winning author of Sourland and A Widow’s Story speaks at Bard College, October 3, 2011.

  OATES MP3

OATES VIDEO








  Benjamin Hale, From The Minus World (7:39)
• The author of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore reads from his story in Conjunctions:56, Terra Incognita.

  HALE MP3







  Tim Horvath, Altered Native (8:12)
• The author of Circulation reads his story in Conjunctions:56, Terra Incognita, live at BookCourt in Brooklyn, NY, May 20, 2011.

  HORVATH MP3







  Peter Straub, From The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine (14:00), Lost Boy Lost Girl (5:08), Introduction to Conjunctions:39 (4:02), and “Little Red’s Tango” (7:11)
• The legendary horror writer and winner of the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award, and International Horror Guild Award reads from his work, including his story in Conjunctions:56, Terra Incognita and his editor’s note and contribution to our New Wave Fabulists issue.

  BALLAD OF BALLARD … MP3

LOST BOY LOST GIRL MP3

OPEN THE INTRODUCTION WITH REAL PLAYER

OPEN “LITTLE RED” WITH REAL PLAYER






  Howard Norman, From What Is Left the Daughter (3:05)
• The author of The Bird Artist and The Museum Guard reads an excerpt from his 2010 novel.

  NORMAN MP3







  Robert Olen Butler, From Hell (3:48)
• The author of Tabloid Dreams and Good Scent from a Strange Mountain reads an excerpt from his 2009 novel.

  OLEN BUTLER MP3







  On December 3, 2010, Brooklyn’s BookCourt hosted a reading celebrating the release of Conjunctions:55, Urban Arias (Fall 2010). Emceed by Brian Evenson, the packed event featured Stephen O’Connor, John Madera, Karen Russell, and Paul La Farge reading from their stories in the issue. Click here to find out more about the readers and venue, or listen to mp3s of the readings, at right.
  PAUL LA FARGE, “The Count of Monte Cristo’s Daughter”

JOHN MADERA, “Some Varieties of Being and Other Non Sequiturs”

STEPHEN O’CONNOR, “Til There Was You”

KAREN RUSSELL, “The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis”







  William Kennedy, From Ironweed
• The renowned novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and author of the Albany Trilogy reads from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

  KENNEDY MP3






  On August 28, 2010, the Montauk Bookshop hosted a reading for Conjunctions:54, Shadow Selves (Spring 2010). This special event celebrated the creative process that takes between writer and editor, and drew attention to the curatorial space of the journal, as Conjunctions contributing editor Martine Bellen read from Rae Armantrout’s poems in Shadow Selves, and managing editor Micaela Morrissette read from Julia Elliott’s story “Freak Magnet.” Contributing editor and Shadow Selves contributor Frederic Tuten read a doppelgänger to his “Self-Portrait with Sicily” in Shadow Selves, the story “Self-Portrait with Circus,” from his just-released collection Self Portraits: Fictions (W. W. Norton, 2010).

Click here for a transcript of Frederic Tuten’s introductory remarks.
  TUTEN/TUTEN MP3

BELLEN/ARMANTROUT MP3

MORRISSETTE/ELLIOTT MP3







  Manno Charlemagne, Lamayot and Mon frère
Conjunctions is proud to celebrate the irrepressible culture of Haiti by featuring our 1996 recordings of former Port-au-Prince mayor Manno Charlemagne!

• Two songs composed and recorded by Manno Charlemagne, former mayor of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A complete translation of the lyrics is published in Conjunctions:27, The Archipelago.

  CHARLEMAGNE 1 MP3

CHARLEMAGNE 2 MP3






  Ben Marcus, From Notable American Women
• The pioneer of contemporary American experimentalism and the author of The Age of Wire and String reads from his work.

  MARCUS MP3






  Jayne Anne Phillips, From Leavitt’s Dream (8:27)
• The author of Lark and Termite reads from her piece in Conjunctions:51, The Death Issue.

  PHILLIPS MP3






  Carole Maso, From The Names (5:31), from The Passion of Anne Frank (4:43), and from Mother and Child (7:02)
• The author of Ava and Defiance reads from her contributions to Conjunctions:34, American Fiction: States of the Art, Conjunctions:41, Two Kingdoms, and Conjunctions:50.

  MASO 1 MP3

MASO 2 MP3

MASO 3 MP3







  Peter Carey, From The True History of the Kelly Gang (6:45)
• The two-time winner of the Booker Prize reads from his work.

  CAREY MP3






  Elizabeth Hand, From Hungerford Bridge
• The Nebula- and World Fantasy Award-winning author of Generation Loss reads from her story in Conjunctions:52, Betwixt the Between.

  HAND MP3






  David Shields, From Remote
• The author of The Thing about Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, Enough about You: Adventures in Autobiography, and other books reads from his work.

  SHIELDS MP3






  Joanna Scott, From In a Glance (4:04)
• The author of Everybody Loves Somebody, The Mannikin, and Arrogance reads her essay from Conjunctions:46, Selected Subversions.

  SCOTT MP3






  Brian Evenson, From Desire with Disgressions (5:37)
• The author of Last Days, The Open Curtain, and Altmann's Tongue reads his story from Conjunctions:48, Faces of Desire.

  EVENSON MP3






  Jonathan Lethem, Tribute to William Gaddis (2:20)
• The author of Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude reads his tribute to William Gaddis from Conjunctions:41, Two Kingdoms.

  LETHEM MP3






  Steve Erickson, From The Sea Came in at Midnight (5:52)
• The editor of Black Clock and the author of Our Ecstatic Days and other novels reads from his work.

  OPEN WITH REAL PLAYER






  Robert Coover, From Stepmother (5:19)
• The author of The Public Burning, John’s Wife, The Origin of the Brunists, Ghost Town, and other postmodern wonders reads from his work.

  COOVER MP3






  Mayra Montero, From Captain of the Sleepers (12:30)
• The author of In the Palm of Darkness and Dancing to Almendra reads from her work.

  MONTERO MP3






  Peter Orner, From Birding with Lanioturdus (4:37)
• The author of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo reads from his contribution to Conjunctions:49, A Writer's Aviary.

  ORNER MP3






  John Barth, From I’ve Been Told: A Story’s Story (4:37)
• The author of Where Three Roads Meet and Lost in the Funhouse reads from his contribution to Conjunctions:44, The Anatomy of Roads.

  BARTH MP3






  William H. Gass, O brood O muse &hellip (2:35), A Fugue (4:09), and an excerpt from A Little History of Modern Music (4:13)
• The author of In the Heart of the Heart of the Country reads two excerpts from his monumental classic The Tunnel, originally published in Conjunctions:4; as well as a selection from his contribution to Conjunctions:47, 25th Anniversary Issue.

  “O BROOD O MUSE” MP3

OPEN “A FUGUE” WITH REAL PLAYER

“A LITTLE HISTORY OF MODERN MUSIC” MP3






  Emily Barton, From Brookland (3:03)
• The author of The Testament of Yves Gundrun reads from her second novel.

  BARTON MP3






  Edmund White, From Fanny: A Fiction (1:40)
• The author of A Boy’s Own Story reads from the opening pages of his novel.

  WHITE MP3






  Eliot Weinberger, Lacandons (2:33)
• New work by Eliot Weinberger, author of Karmic Traces and the translator of Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borges, and Bei Dao.

  WEINBERGER MP3






  Gahan Wilson, From Campfire Story (5:58)
• The acclaimed cartoonist, illustrator, and writer reads from his fiction.

  WILSON MP3






  Frederic Tuten, From Voyagers (2:52)
• The author of Tintin in America and Van Gogh’s Bad Cafe reads from his work.

  TUTEN MP3






  Paul Auster, From The Book of Illusions (3:49)
• Paul Auster, author of The New York Trilogy, Leviathan, and other novels reads from his work.

  AUSTER MP3






  Russell Banks, From The Sweet Hereafter (3:56)
• Russell Banks, author of Cloudsplitter, Affliction, The Darling, and other works reads an excerpt from one of his most acclaimed novels.

  OPEN WITH REAL PLAYER






  Kelly Link, From The Hortlak (6:09)
• Kelly Link reads from work published in The Dark: New Ghost Stories.

  LINK MP3






  John Crowley, From The Translator (5:02)
• The World Fantasy Award winner and author of novels including Little, Big and Ægypt reads from his work.

  OPEN WITH REAL PLAYER






  Howard Norman, View of My Employer’s Wife (4:27)
• The author of The Bird Artist and The Museum Guard reads an excerpt from his novel The Haunting of L.

  OPEN WITH REAL PLAYER






  Laird Hunt, From The Dark and Lovely Portions of the Night (5:18)
• The author of The Impossibly reads from his work.

  OPEN WITH REAL PLAYER






  Gilbert Sorrentino, The Very Picture of Loneliness (3:42) and Four Soldiers (5:42)
• The author of Red the Fiend and Mulligan Stew reads two selections from Little Casino.

  OPEN “… LONELINESS” WITH REAL PLAYER

OPEN “FOUR SOLDIERS” WITH REAL PLAYER






  Sheila Kohler, From Africans (5:02)
• The author of Children of Pithiviers (an excerpt of which appears on Web Conjunctions) and Cracks reads a selection from her 1999 Best American Short Stories prizewinner.

  KOHLER MP3






  Arnold Schoenberg, Excerpts from Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21 
• Lucy Shelton, soprano. Da Capo Players: Joel Lester, violin; Andre Emelianoff, cello; Patricia Spencer, flute; Laura Flax, clarinet; Sarah Rothenberg, piano. Courtesy Bridge Records. ©1992.



Part I.1, “Mondestrucken” (1:37)


Part I.2, “Colombine” (1:37)


Part I.3, “Der Dandy” (1:30)


Part I.4, “Eine blasse Wäscherin” (1:15)

 



OPEN “MONDESTRUCKEN” WITH REAL PLAYER


OPEN “COLOMBINE” WITH REAL PLAYER


OPEN “DER DANDY” WITH REAL PLAYER


OPEN “EINE BLASSE WÄSCHERIN” WITH REAL PLAYER






  William T. Vollmann, Funeral Sermon for a Fly (2:29)
• The author of You Bright and Risen Angels and Whores for Gloria reads a selection from The Royal Family.

  OPEN WITH REAL PLAYER






  Robert Olen Butler, I Am Whiplash Willy Jones (2:52) and I Am (4:40)
• The author of Tabloid Dreams and Good Scent from a Strange Mountain reads two selections from Mr. Spaceman.

  “… WILLY JONES” MP3

“I AM” MP3






  Philip Roth, From I Married a Communist (6:05)
• The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads from his work. ©1998 Houghton Mifflin, all rights reserved.

  ROTH MP3






  Rikki Ducornet, From The Many Tenses of Desire (6:01) and from The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition (4:30)
• The author of Entering Fire, The Jade Cabinet, and The Word “Desire” reads from her work.

  OPEN THE MANY TENSES WITH REAL PLAYER

… INQUISITION MP3






  Mary Caponegro, From The Further Complexities of Intimacy (6:22)  and Tombole (4:49)
• Mary Caponegro, author of The Star Cafe, Tales from the Next Village, and Five Doubts reads from her contributions to Conjunctions:21, The Credos Issue and Conjunctions:24, Critical Mass.

  … INTIMACY MP3

TOMBOLE MP3






  Lydia Davis, New Year’s Resolution (2:20) and The Old Dictionary (5:17)
• Lydia Davis, author of Break It Down, The End of the Story, and Almost No Memory reads two short stories.

  “… RESOLUTION” MP3

“… DICTIONARY” MP3






  Beth Nugent, From Absence (6:09)
• Beth Nugent, the author of City of Boys and Live Girls, reads from her work.

  NUGENT MP3






  Diane Williams, My Female Honor Is of a Type and There Should Be Nothing Remarkable [two stories from Williams's first collection, This Is about the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time, and Fate] (6:17), and Showing an Episode (3:12)
• The editor of NOON and the author of Excitability reads from her work.

  “… OF A TYPE” MP3

OPEN “… EPISODE” WITH REAL PLAYER






  Mary Gaitskill, From Tiny Smiling Daddy (6:14)
• The acclaimed author of Bad Behavior and Two Girls, Fat and Thin reads from the opening story in her collection Because They Wanted To.

  OPEN WITH REAL PLAYER






  Leslie Scalapino, From Friendship (2:47)
• The celebrated poet reads from her work.

  SCALAPINO MP3






  Lynne Tillman, From No Lease on Life (4:02)
• The author of Cast in Doubt, Haunted Houses, and Motion Sickness reads from her work.

  TILLMAN MP3






  Norman Manea, From Lunar Nights (Nopti Cu Luna), in English (3:55) and Romanian (3:40)
• The author of Compulsory Happiness reads a poem first published in Conjunctions:26.

  MANEA, ENGLISH MP3

MANEA, ROMANIAN MP3






  William Weaver reads Italo Calvino, “Cities, Memory, 1” and “Cities of the Dead, 2” (4:36); and a selection from the untitled conclusion of Invisible Cities (2:34)
• Calvino's preeminent English translator reads two excerpts from Invisible Cities.

  “CITIES” 1 and 2 MP3

INVISIBLE CITIES MP3






  Robert Kelly, The Berlin Sonnets: Sections 2–6 (4:21) and 7–11 (4:26)
• Celebrated writer Robert Kelly reads from his sonnet cycle, published in Conjunctions:28.

  SONNETS 2–6 MP3

SONNETS 7–11 MP3






  Patrick McGrath, From Aslyum (3:06)
• The British author and new gothicist Patrick McGrath reads from his highly acclaimed novel.

  MCGRATH MP3






  Chinua Achebe, We Laughed at Him (3:18) and Ì Okigbo (2:52)
• The renowned Nigerian writer—author of Things Fall Apart, Girls at War, A Man of the People, and Hopes and Impediments—reads one poem written in English, as well a dirge poem written in Igbo about the death of poet Christopher Okigbo, who lost his life in the Biafran conflict. The second recording includes an introduction in English.

  OPEN “WE LAUGHED …” WITH REAL PLAYER

Ì OKIGBO MP3






  Antonin Artaud, From Texte d'ouverture (written and performed by Artaud) and from Danse du tutuguri (written by Artaud and performed by Maria Casares)
• Two excerpts from Pour en finir avec le jugement de Dieu (To Have Done with the Judgment of God). From the 1947 radiodiffusion française recording, available through sub rosa records. Used by permission.

  TEXTE MP3

DANSE MP3






  John Moran, Everyday Newt Berman (3:45)
• Vocals: John Moran, Fred Tietz, James Godwin, Keathe Fine, Julia Stiles. Performance of this work is a Conjunctions exclusive. Select passages appear in Conjunctions:28: Secular Psalms.

  MORAN MP3






  Robert Ashley, Foreign Experiences (4:30)
• Vocals: Robert Ashley, Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Jacquline Humbert, Joan La Barbara, Amy X. Neuburg. Performance of this work is a Conjunctions exclusive. The score and excerpted lyrics appear in Conjunctions:28: Secular Psalms.

  ASHLEY MP3






  Ann T. Greene and LeRoy Jenkins, The Negros Burial Ground (3:00)
• Opera Ebony vocals (direction by Wayne Sanders): Romulus Murrell, Angela Simpson, Danrell Williams, Linda Hardwick, Gordon Easley, Roberta Laws, Everett Suttle, Andrea Bradford, Anna Dembska. Piano: Joan Harkness. Percussion: Wilson Moorman. Vibraphone: Thurman Barker. Produced at the Kitchen, May 16–19 and 23–26, 1996. Directed by Dominic Taylor. Additional funding from the Rockefeller Multi-arts Production Fund and the Mary Flager Cary Charitable Trust. Performance of this work is a Conjunctions exclusive. The score and excerpted lyrics appear in Conjunctions:28: Secular Psalms.

  GREENE/JENKINS MP3






  Fred Ho, Uproar in Heaven (2:34)
• Music composed by Fred Ho. Lyrics by Cindy Zuoxin Wang. Soprano: Cindy Zuoxin Wang. Sona: Peisheng Shen. Erhu: Youqun Fu. Pipa: Tin Yi Lin. Chromodalophone: Hafez Modirzaden. Alto Sax/Flute: Jim Norton. Tenor Sax/Flute: David Murotake. Trombone: Martin Wehner. Bass: John Shifflett. Drums/Chinese Percussion: Royal Harrington. Publisher: Transformation Art Publisher, ASCAP. The performance excerpt here is a Conjunctions exclusive. An English translation of Cindy Zuoxin Wang’s libretto, is available on Web Conjunctions.

  HO MP3