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Lydia Davis

Reading for the Second Annual Bob Lucid Memorial Program in Fiction, Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, April 7, 2010

Complete Recording (59:51): Complete Recording

  1. Introduction (1:07): MP3
  2. French Lesson One: Le Meurtre (14:16): MP3
  3. Once a Very Stupid Man (7:10): MP3
  4. Coachman and the Worm (4:13): MP3
  5. Excerpt from Davis' Observations about Cows (6:44): MP3
  6. The Song (1:42): MP3
  7. The Sentence and the Young Man (1:12): MP3
  8. The Piano (0:37): MP3
  9. At the Bank (1:08): MP3
  10. At the Bank 2 (0:58): MP3
  11. Händel (1:37): MP3
  12. The Dog Hair (0:39): MP3
  13. Judgment (0:16): MP3
  14. Can't and Won't (0:42): MP3
  15. Sitting with my Little Friend (0:14): MP3
  16. Housekeeping Observation (0:10): MP3
  17. The Lanugage Use of the Telephone Company (0:14): MP3
  18. Bloomington (0:11): MP3
  19. PHD (0:32): MP3

Complete Interview (15:25)

  1. On Her Favorite Volume of Proust (1:37): MP3
  2. On Translating to French (0:42): MP3
  3. On What Lessons She Wishes to Impart to Her Students (1:38): MP3
  4. On the Use of Cows in Her Writing (2:00): MP3
  5. On Writing About Dreams (1:39): MP3
  6. On Writer's Block (1:25): MP3
  7. On Her Experience with the Gardner Fellowship (2:05): MP3
  8. On Her Book of French Lessons (MP3
  9. On Writing about Personal Events (2:57): MP3

PoemTalk Podcast #18, discussing Davis' "A Position at the University," June 9, 2009

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics #157, "Varieties Of," January 27, 2008

  • complete program (28:13): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics #100, "How Remember," 2006

  • complete program (28:08): MP3

Reading for the Belladonna Series, NYC, March 28, 2003

complete recording (30:23): MP3

"Literature in Translation" at the Kelly Writers House, October 22, 2003

  • complete talk (24:04): MP3
  • Q&A session (including Edith Grossman) (29:20): MP3

  • complete recording (1:18:39): MP3

Reading at Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, March 30, 1999

  1. Introduction (3:38)
  2. A Position at the University [text]
  3. Jack in the Country (1:49)
  4. Foucault and Pencil (4:07)
  5. The Mice (3:18)
  6. Working Men (1:27)
  7. A Mown Lawn (2:26)
  8. New Year's Resolution (2:25)
  9. Varieties of Disturbance (3:59)
  10. The Impetus was Delight (28:51)

Reading and Interview at SUNY-Buffalo, April 12 - 13, 1995

  1. End of the Story Reading with Introduction by Charles Bernstein (48:26): MP3 (Slight gap where tape was turned at 45 minutes.)
  2. Interview by Charles Bernstein with Susan Howe (48:08): MP3 (Slight gap where tape was turned at 45 minutes.)

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, January 24, 1987

  • Complete Reading (29:38): MP3

St. Mark's Talks, November 11, 1985

"Subject Matter"

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, November 10, 1984

  1. The Letter
  2. The Dog Man
  3. The Mice
  4. In a House Besieged
  5. What She Knew
  6. The Fish
  7. Cockroaches in Autumn
  8. The Bone
  9. The Suck
  10. The Fears of Mrs. Orlando

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, November 12, 1983

  • Complete Reading (47:42): MP3

Reading with Jean Echenoz with Translation by Linda Coverdale, 92Y Readings, April 17, 2014

Video recording from YouTube

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