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Etel Adnan (1925-2021)

Etel Adnan, reading and in conversation with Charles Bernstein, for the Brooklyn Rail’s New Social Environment, December 16, 2020

With Sarah Riggs, Omar Berrada, and Susan Bee

Full Video (01:03:11): MP4
Complete recording (sound) (01:03:11): MP3
Brooklyn Rail Interview /transcript: Link
CC (verbatim) transcript: PDF
YouTube via Rail, with subtitles

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
  • Extra: Travels in Philosophy and Music (7:32): Video

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

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Complete recording (45:59): MP3

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

Co-sponsored by 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.

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

  1. Introduction (1:22): MP3
  2. Opening remarks (0:45): MP3
  3. XXXIV “Oh no! the amorous storm sets in the West…” (1:19): MP3
  4. XXXVII “Windblown seconds are swilling the tide It’s the sadness of wind-bags...” (1:21): MP3
  5. XXXIX “When the living rot on the bodies of the dead...” (0:58): MP3
  6. XL “the sun is a camera which operates only in black and white…” (1:06): MP3
  7. XLI “Arabs are the red algae which gives its muscle to the Ocean...” (0:55): MP3
  8. XLII "Sitting in the Sun’s center I am guided by continents…" (0:57): MP3
  9. XLIV “Where do you want ghosts to reside?...” (1:01): MP3
  10. XLV “Eye of Baudelaire haunted by violence Divine eye haunted by matter…” (1:38): MP3
  11. LV “MAO or the new Rimbaud MAO or the new Rimbaud MAO or the new Rimbaud...” (1:08): MP3
  12. LIX “When the sun will run its ultimate road…” (1:03): MP3
  13. Concluding remarks on maps/drawn symbols in the text (1:00): MP3
  • Complete video (14:38): YouTube
  • Complete recording (14:38): 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 the Heart Of Another Country (City Lights), and meditates on her mother city of Beirut and American violence, inner and outer.

  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

Complete recording (19:25): MP3

These recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2017 Etel Adnan. Used with permission of Etel Adnan. Distributed by PennSound.