Colson Whitehead reads for One Story

On Friday, February 8th, Colson Whitehead came to Pianos to read a hilarious chapter from his latest novel (as yet untitled) which will be published next spring. You can listen to the reading here but I warn you that it will a) make you hungry and b) make you think about gerunds in a whole new way. In my introduction, I attempted to sound intelligent by comparing the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (something I’ve been following very closely lately) to the one between the Empiricists and the Intuitionists. If you’ve read Colson’s first novel, The Intuitionist, you know that those are the two factions of the Department of Elevator Inspectors: the first group relies on rigorous by-the-book analysis while the second operates mostly by instinct. In Colson’s vividly imagined detective story, the Empiricists are threatened by the star Intuitionist, Lila Mae Watson, whose impeccable inspection record defies their plodding methods. It’s a measure of the book’s brilliance that it has become a lens through which I view the current fight for the Democratic nomination, but it remains to be seen which faction of the Democratic party will be going all the way to the top.
One Story reading series coordinator Elliott Holt & Colson WhiteheadColson uses a “visual aid” while reading“Visual Aid” close-up [You’ll have to listen to the reading to understand]The crowd at Pianos is entranced