Paul La Farge: Some Little-Known Facts



September 23, 2016

My novel The Night Ocean, about H.P. Lovecraft, Robert H. Barlow, and their various strange worlds, will be published by Penguin Press in March, 2017. It’s available for pre-order now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

The cover looks like this:

The Night Ocean

Lev Grossmann, author of the Magicians trilogy, calls The Night Ocean “magnificent... An impossible, irresistible novel, a love letter to the unlovable that speaks the unspeakable.” Peter Straub calls it “wonderful ... A whole damned hustling heartbroken double-talking meaning-haunted world it is a privilege to enter.”

I am excited.

June 20, 2016

Hey, people who live in or might be on their way to the Hudson Valley: I'm going to tell a story about H.P. Lovecraft and growing up on the Upper West Side at the Porch, a storytelling event in Bard College's Spiegeltent, on Friday, June 24, at 8pm. With Jane Brien, Jeremy Davidson, Mary-Kay Lombino, Mick Lynch, Jim O'Grady, Brent Sverdloff & Geoff Tarson. Want to come listen?

April 12, 2016

From the department of overnight stays: this past Sunday, I was the artist-in-residence at the Ace Hotel in NYC. The deal being that you stay at the hotel for a night and make something: in my case, a story about how the hotel got its name. You can read the story here. If only they had let me stay for a week! I would have written a book.

April 5, 2016

From the department of slow thinking: I just put together that the Erik Bauersfeld who narrated the audiobook of my novel Haussmann, or the Distinction was the same Erik Bauersfeld who voiced Admiral Ackbar ("It's a trap") in Return of the Jedi. He died today, at 93. He was an amazing person to work with: when he was recording Haussmann, he'd call me every day to check pronunciations, inflections, voices. I could have listened to him for hours, and did. I'm sad that he's gone -- and that I didn't think to ask him about Ackbar!

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Photo: Carol Shadford

Paul La Farge is the author of four novels: The Night Ocean, forthcoming from Penguin Press in March, 2017; The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). He is the grateful recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. He lives in a subterranean ‘annex’ in upstate New York, where he is almost certainly up to no good.



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