It's not every day a writer is interviewed by her own daughter, especially about a revealing memoir. In this evening at Symphony Space, critic Katie Roiphe interviews her mother, Anne, about Art and Madness, which describes the elder Roiphe's life as a muse for male writers in 1950s New York. After reading from her work, Anne discusses what it was like to live in a time when women were expected to sideline their own ambitions, and why she accepted the idea of helping men write rather than be a writer herself. The result is an illuminating look at a particular time in America's cultural history, and the healing power of telling our stories.
The novelist and essayist discusses her luminous and intensely personal new memoir of her life in the New York literary circles of the 50s to 60s, with her daughter, the cultural critic Katie Roiphe.
"A year and a half ago when my mother handed me the manuscript of her new memoir, she had never mentioned a single one of the racy or disturbing things in it...."