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Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan interviewed by Jennifer Scappettone, Paris, September 23 and 24, 2017

  1. Home Life and School in Beirut (12:53): Video, MP3
  2. A Family of Exiles (8:08): Video, MP3
  3. The École des Lettres and Arrival in France (13:50): Video, MP3
  4. Education in Philosophy and Beginnings in Painting (15:53): Video, MP3
  5. Relations between Poetry, Painting, and Philosophy (18:09): Video, MP3
  6. English-Language Poetry and US Politics from the Vietnam War through Today (14:27): Video, MP3
  7. Cultural Identity, Multilingualism, and Translation (7:23): Video, MP3

Public Talk with Etel Adnan at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, England, June 1, 2016

Complete recording (45:59): MP3

Etel Adnan Homage Reading, December 11, 2012, The Green Arcade Books Ideas Goods

Homage to Etel Adnan Co-sponsored with The Poetry Center and Small Press Traffic, a book party with contributors to the Post-Apollo Press anthology Homage to Etel Adnan, edited by Steve Dickison, Lindsey Boldt and Samantha Giles


    Reading from The Arab Apocalypse, Serpentine Gallery Map Marathon, October 16 and 17, 2010

    Complete Recording (14:38): YouTube

    Complete Recording (14:38): MP3

    1. Introduction (1:22): MP3
    2. Opening remarks (0:45): MP3
    3. XXXIV “Oh no! the amorous storm sets in the West…” from The Arab Apocalypse (1:19): MP3
    4. XXXVII “Windblown seconds are swilling the tide It’s the sadness of wind-bags...” from The Arab Apocalypse (1:21): MP3
    5. XXXIX “When the living rot on the bodies of the dead...” from The Arab Apocalypse (0:58): MP3
    6. XL “the sun is a camera which operates only in black and white…” from The Arab Apocalypse (1:06): MP3
    7. XLI “Arabs are the red algae which gives its muscle to the Ocean...” from The Arab Apocalypse (0:55): MP3
    8. XLII "Sitting in the Sun’s center I am guided by continents…" from The Arab Apocalypse (0:57): MP3
    9. XLIV “Where do you want ghosts to reside?...” from The Arab Apocalypse (1:01): MP3
    10. XLV “Eye of Baudelaire haunted by violence Divine eye haunted by matter…” from The Arab Apocalypse (1:38): MP3
    11. LV “MAO or the new Rimbaud MAO or the new Rimbaud MAO or the new Rimbaud...” from The Arab Apocalypse (1:08): MP3
    12. LIX “When the sun will run its ultimate road…” from The Arab Apocalypse (1:03): MP3
    13. Concluding remarks on maps/drawn symbols in the text (1:00): MP3

    Appearing on Cross-Cultural Poetics, hosted by Leonard Schwartz

    Episode #118: Forms of Violence, November 9, 2006

    Etel Adnan, on the phone from Paris, France, reads from her book In the Heart of A Heart Of Another Country (City Lights), and meditates on her mother city of Beirut and American violence, inner and outer.

    Complete program (19:25): MP3

    1. Introduction: (1:13): MP3
    2. On the process of writing In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country (2:29): MP3
    3. Reading excerpt from In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country (1:44): MP3
    4. On the headings and blocks of prose in In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country (2:37): MP3
    5. On the role of chance, the “adventure of writing” (3:16): MP3
    6. On Beirut (1:59): MP3
    7. On the “two faces” of America (2:50): MP3
    8. On discovering what one thinks through the process of writing (3:17): MP3

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