The New Yorker staff writer and author Ian Frazier will reflect on his 42-year career as a writer and the uncertain nature of that pursuit, in light of current developments. He will read selections from his work, and engage in discussion on such topics as the importance of a sense of place in literature and journalism, how to combine first-person narrative with in-depth reporting, and the ways in which Wile E. Coyote, in his protracted and fraught relationship with Acme Company, can provide instructive lessons for aspiring product design critics.
Ian Frazier is a staff writer at The New Yorker where he published numerous short stories and nonfiction, “Shouts & Murmurs,” and “Talk of the Town” pieces. He is the author of several books, including Great Plains (1989), which began as a three-part “Reporter at Large” series for the magazine, and Family (2002), which tells the history of his family in America, from the early Colonial days to the present, reconstructing two hundred years of middle-class life. His other books include Dating Your Mom (2003), Coyote v. Acme (1996), On the Rez (2001), The Fish’s Eye (2003), Gone to New York: Adventures in the City (2006), Lamentations of the Father, a collection of humor essays (2009), Travels in Siberia (2011), and The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days (2013), all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. http://designresearch.sva.edu/public/ian-frazier-the-end-of-writing-and-what-to-do-after/