September 18th, 2008 | Other Projects
Am I imagining it, or does there seem to be a lot of nostalgia lately for New Deal programs? A friend just sent me this beautiful postcard of a poster created for the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. There was a show on tv the other night interviewing old guys who’d been part of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
And today State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America is released. This is an anthology of writing about the 50 states based on the American Guide Series produced in the late thirties and early forties by the WPA’s Federal Writers’ Project. I contributed the essay on Vermont. If you go to the Powells.com page for the book and scroll down a bit, you can see a preview of a little movie about the book in which I talk about moving from Minnesota to Vermont for a relationship.
If you’re in NYC, there’s an event tonight with Lawrence Wechsler interviewing various contributors to the book. I won’t be there, but I’ll be doing readings in Boston, New Hampshire, and Vermont at the end of September/beginning of October.
And speaking of books and depression, here’s another NYC event you might want to attend. The First Annual Sarah Palin Book Club Fundraiser, an event to raise money for the Lambda Literary Organization. It’s at Cattyshack on October 2. Check out the link even if you’re not in NYC–it’s hilarious.