The New Social Environment#844

Henry Threadgill: Easily Slip Into Another World

Featuring Threadgill and David Hershkovits, with Julie Patton


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Musician Henry Threadgill joins writer David Hershkovits for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Julie Patton.

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Henry Threadgill

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The composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill is widely recognized as one of the most original and innovative voices in contemporary music. He has acclaimed releases from his bands Air, X-75, the Henry Threadgill Sextett, Very Very Circus, Make a Move, Zooid, and Ensemble Double Up. He was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2021. His four-movement work, In for a Penny, In for a Pound, received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2016. His autobiography Easily Slip Into Another World published by Knopf in May 2023 has been received with wide acclaim.

David Hershkovits

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David Hershkovits is a writer, editor and publisher who taught English at LSUNO and began as a journalist at the Courier, a New Orleans weekly. Moving back to New York in the late 70s, he joined the staff of the Soho Weekly News. Hershkovits co-founded Paper magazine in 1984 and co-edited the books From Abfab to Zen: Paper’s Guide to Pop Culture (1994) and 20 Years of Style: The World According to Paper (2004). He has written for GQ, Vanity Fair, Max (Germany), High Times, the New York Post, Daily News, Newsday and others. He also hosted the Light Culture podcast, focusing on culture and cannabis.

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

Julie Patton

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Julie Ezelle Patton is a New York City based poet and visual artist. She is also the founder of an eco-arts housing and land conservation project based near Detroit. Patton is the author of Using Blue To Get Black, Notes for Some (Nominally) Awake, and A Garden Per Verse (or What Else do You Expect from Dirt?). Julie’s work has appeared in ((eco (lang)(uage(reader)), Critiphoria, and nocturnes. Her performance work emphasizes improvisation, collaboration, and other worldy chora-graphs. Julie is a recipient of an Acadia Arts Foundation Grant (2008, 2010), and a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship (2007). Julie has taught at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, Naropa, Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Schule fur Dichtung (Vienna, Austria).

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