At the event, Solomon will discuss his new and collection of essays about places in dramatic transition. Far and Away collects Andrew Solomon’s writings about places undergoing seismic shifts—political, cultural, and spiritual. Chronicling his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a window into social change.
Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter. In March 2015, Solomon was elected President of PEN American Center; he has been a member of the organization since 1994. He also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the World Monuments Fund; the artists’ community Yaddo; and The Alex Fund, which supports the education of Romani children. He is a member of the Library Council at the New York Public Library; a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University; and a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Solomon lives with his husband, John Habich Solomon, and son, George Solomon, in New York, the Hudson Valley, and London. Tickets are required for the event and cost $10. The cost of your ticket is applicable toward the purchase of Far and Away at the event. For information on this and other Oblong events visit their website.
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