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Red Sea - Red Square - Red Thread: A Philosophical Detective Story

Featuring Lydia Goehr and David Carrier


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Philosopher Lydia Goehr joins Rail Editor-at-Large David Carrier for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Laynie Browne.

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Lydia Goehr

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Professor and author Lydia Goehr teaches at Columbia University, and is a recipient of Mellon, Getty, and Guggenheim Fellowships. Her research specialties include the philosophy of music, aesthetics, critical theory, the philosophy of history, and 19th- and 20th-century philosophy. Goehr is the author of The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music ; The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy [essays on Richard Wagner] ; Elective Affinities: Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory [essays on Adorno and Danto] , and co-editor with Daniel Herwitz of The Don Giovanni Moment . Her 2021 book from Oxford University Press is Red Sea-Red Square-Red Thread, A Philosophical Detective Story.

David Carrier

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David Carrier taught philosophy in Pittsburgh and art history in Cleveland. He writes art criticism. His In Caravaggio’s Shadow: Naples as a Work of Art (London, 2025) is forthcoming.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Laynie Browne reading.

Laynie Browne

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Poet, prose writer, teacher and editor Laynie Browne is the author of fourteen collections of poems and four books of fiction. Recent publications include Translation of the Lilies Back into Lists (forthcoming May 2022, Wave Books) and a book of poems, In Garments Worn by Lindens (Tender Buttons Press, 2019). Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Conjunctions and The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press). Honors and awards include a Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award for her collection The Scented Fox (Wave Books, 2007), and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory (University of Georgia, 2005). She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

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