Storytelling with Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt

June 4, 2008 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

During their 26-year marriage, prolific authors Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt have published more than 30 works of fiction, nonfiction, poems and screenplays, but both writers still pursue their ideas differently. Ms. Hustvedt’s latest work, “The Sorrows of an American,” published this spring, was partly inspired by classes she taught to patients at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York, while Mr. Auster says he relies on a good night’s sleep for new stories. “I’m a great believer in the powers of the unsconscious … sleep can really give you great ideas for the next day.” In a discussion at Brooklyn College moderated by WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate, Mr. Auster and Ms. Hustvedt talk about their influences and read excerpts from their current novels, including Mr. Auster’s “Man in the Dark,” due out this August.
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