Nell Irvin Painter at the Crossroads of Art, Politics, and Race in America

Eric Newman speaks with author Nell Irvin Painter about her latest collection of essays, “I Just Keep Talking.”

By LARB Radio HourJuly 5, 2024

    Nell Irvin Painter at the Crossroads of Art, Politics, and Race in America
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    Eric Newman is joined by historian Nell Irvin Painter to discuss I Just Keep Talking: A Life in Essays, a compendium of Painter’s writing about art, politics, and race across nearly four decades. The wide-ranging discussion moves from how researching Sojourner Truth inspired Painter to get her MFA in visual art, to the struggle over what can be taught and known about American history, to the ways modern information technology impacts our experience of the present and its echoes in the past, and to how we might navigate a bleak present in which fascism seems newly on the march.

    Also, Emily Nussbaum, author of Cue the Sun! The Invention of Reality TV, returns to recommend Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us by Rachel Aviv.

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