Various & Sundry
When the fine folk at Electric Literature publish a story, they commission a short animation inspired by a single sentence. This one is based on a line from "The Reader" which will appear in Electric Literature #6. It was animated by the amazing Drew Christie.
This past summer, I had the pleasure of taking part in a New Yorker event with Jennifer Egan, and Karen Russell, and moderated by fiction editor Deborah Treisman. The video is now on the internets. We're at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York, if you're wondering.
Nathan Englander and Zadie Smith in Conversation to Benefit Matawi and the Dadaab Young Women’s Scholarship Initiative
From an interview announcing the event with AM New York.
There are 300,000 people in the Dadaab refugee camps, and out of those 300,000 people, maybe two-dozen young women graduate high school a year. Only a couple of those students get to go to college. That Matawi wants to make sure every one of those girls gets to continue her education is really moving to me.