In retrospect, it is the dynamic and gritty worlds of culture and the arts that still captivate and excite us from our 21st century view of New York City in the 1970s: Susan Sontag, Twyla Tharp, Fran Liebowitz, Joseph Papp, Blondie, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, Sam Shepard, Bob Fosse, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Lennon, Allen Ginsburg, Candy Darling, Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Philippe Petit, and Sid Vicious are just a few of the notable figures who come to mind, along with iconic sites such as Studio 54, CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, The Ridiculous Theatrical Co., La MaMa, The Chelsea Hotel, Christopher Street, the NYC Subway System, The World Trade Center, Filmore East, and The Bottom Line. As it happens, Tennessee Williams’s experimental novel of New York City in the 1970s, Moise and the World of Reason (1975), has just been reissued—no less than John Waters has called it a “radical little novel”—and depicts many of the sights and sounds that will be discussed on this panel. Panelists will include Patricia Bosworth, Dick Cavett, and Winston Groom. Moderator is Thomas Keith, editor of Williams titles for New Directions.Sponsored by the Friedman Family.
SAT 3/25 2:30 PM
Hotel Monteleone Queen Anne Ballroom