Flying Books and Pantheon are pleased to invite you to celebrate Mark Greif and his acclaimed new book of essays, Against Everything.
Sheila Heti will join Mark for a fun, onstage conversation.
Mark Greif is a co-founder of the high-profile little magazine n+1, where a number of the essays in Against Everything first appeared. Writing on topics ranging from the tyranny of exercise to the tyranny of nutrition and food snobbery, the sexualization of childhood, the philosophical meaning of pop music, the rise and fall of the hipster, the impact of the Occupy movement, and the crisis of policing, Greif's formidable brain performs an MRI on our vexed times.
Sheila Heti is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the acclaimed novels How Should a Person Be? and Ticknor, and the short-story collection The Middle Stories.
Wednesday, October 26, 7 PM
61 Ossington Ave., Toronto
PRAISE FOR AGAINST EVERYTHING
“Greif turns the quotidian world over like a miniature globe in his hand.… I would read anything he writes, anywhere.”
– Daphne Merkin, New York Times Book Review
“Greif’s point is not to tell you how to live, but to encourage you to really think about how you're living.”
– Lauren Oyler, VICE
“Mark Greif writes a contrarian, skeptical prose that is at the same time never cynical: it opens out on to beauty and the possibility of change.”
– Zadie Smith
“Anyone who hasn't discovered Mark Greif's unforgettable essays yet in the pages of n+1 – the country's most powerful literary mag, which he cofounded – will thank me for demanding you rush out to buy his grasp-you-by-the-throat collection Against Everything ... A must-read collection by one of our preeminent thinkers.”
– Mary Karr
“I love Mark Greif. No living essayist effects the destruction of everything other people hold dear with a lighter or more elegant touch. An unmitigated delight.”
– Elif Batuman
“Mark Greif’s book proposes the impossible thing, a phenomenology of the present – at a moment in which the present is slipping by so fast that anything we dare call that is already signed, sealed and delivered to the past.”
– Fredric Jameson