lawrence weschler

We’ll be working with Lawrence Weschler’s book Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences. The book takes its title from a short story by Flannery O’Connor. Once this semester you will each present on a chapter from Everything That Rises. Weschler is a professor of journalism at NYU and the author of many other books on art and politics. At some point we’ll take a closer look at his long interview with The Transom Review.




  1. Wechsler’s article was fascinating and very enjoyable to read. I loved that though partly giving a short biography of his life and interests he was able to lace a lot of his own personality and quirkiness into the article. I most enjoyed the long paragraph about how music influenced him and his writing, and that although he has no musical talents whatsoever, is still able to understand and appreciate its qualities. I also really enjoyed listening to “The exile of Breyten Breytenbach.” I am currently working on a radio interview for a different class using the program Audacity, and hearing this example helped put into perspective all the things a radio segment should have. The fact that music converges easier with a story or text is very true and his sound effects keep the story interesting, which is a difficult task due to its length.

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