Christine Smallwood Presents The Life of The Mind with Maggie Doherty and Lynn Steger Strong

March 15th

McNally Jackson Seaport
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“[A] jewel of a debut . . . abundantly satisfying.”—Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time, NPR, The Atlantic, Electric Lit, Thrillist, LitHub, Kirkus Reviews  
“A witty, intelligent novel of an American woman on the edge, by a brilliant new voice in fiction—the glorious love child of Ottessa Moshfegh and Sally Rooney” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
As an adjunct professor of English in New York City with little hope of finding a permanent position, Dorothy feels “like a janitor in the temple who continued to sweep because she had nowhere else to be but who had lost her belief in the essential sanctity of the enterprise.” No one but her boyfriend knows that she’s just had a miscarriage—not her mother, her best friend, or her therapists (Dorothy has two of them). She wasn’t even sure she wanted to be a mother. So why does Dorothy feel like a failure? The Life of the Mind is a book about endings—of youth, of ambition, of possibility, but also of the meaning that an inquiring mind can find in the mess of daily experience. Mordant and remorselessly wise, this jewel of a debut cuts incisively into life as we live it, and how we think of it.
Join Christine Smallwood, Maggie Doherty, and Lynn Steger Strong to celebrate the paperback launch of Life of the Mind, and a discussion of adjunct lit, precarity, the campus novel, writing criticism, and more.  

We ask that all guests show proof of vaccination and wear masks on the night. 



Christine Smallwood’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, and Vice. Her reviews, essays, and cultural reporting have been published in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Bookforum, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine, where she is a contributing writer. She has also written the “New Books” column for Harper’s Magazine, where she is a contributing editor, and has been an editor at The Nation. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University, is a founding faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities.


Maggie Doherty is the author of The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award for Biography. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Nation, and many other publications. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



Lynn Steger Strong is the author of the novels Hold Still, Want, and the forthcoming Flight. Her non-fiction and criticism has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The LA Times, The New Republic, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Columbia University.







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