Jon Cotner

Jon Cotner is the author, with Andy Fitch, of Ten Walks/Two Talks, which was chosen as a best book of 2010 by The WeekThe MillionsTime Out Chicago, and Bookslut. Their new collaboration is called Conversations over Stolen Food. Cotner lives in Brooklyn and teaches in Pratt Institute’s Creative Writing Program.

 

"Improvisation allows us to put everything into play: intellectual insights, passing observations, personal anecdotes, humorous remarks. Suddenly it all becomes relevant. Improvisers such as Socrates, Montaigne, and Wittgenstein tend to zigzag instead of moving 'neatly' from one point to the next. Again, this is a matter of freedom. Constrictive genres get left behind."

- Jon Cotner

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“Light, Paper, Process” at the Getty
“Light, Paper, Process” at the Getty
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An Artist’s Intervention in the Ebola Crisis
An Artist’s Intervention in the Ebola Crisis
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Photographer Spotlight: Jerry Uelsmann
Photographer Spotlight: Jerry Uelsmann

Audio

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Radio Hour: “The Look of Silence,” Diana Wagman, and D. W. Griffith
Radio Hour: “The Look of Silence,” Diana Wagman, and D. W. Griffith
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Radio Hour: "Go Set a Watchman" and Film Critic John Powers
Radio Hour: "Go Set a Watchman" and Film Critic John Powers
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Radio Hour: “Naked at Lunch,” Female Comedy Writers, and Vicious Disequilibrium
Radio Hour: “Naked at Lunch,” Female Comedy Writers, and Vicious Disequilibrium