Writer Steve Silberman and Rail consulting editor Raymond Foye discuss creative life in the context of our new social reality.
Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer and the author of the New York Times best-selling NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, which unearths the secret history of autism, and features an introduction by the late neurologist/author Oliver Sacks. Among many other major awards, the book received the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction—the first popular science book to win the prize in its 17-year history—and is now translated into 16 languages. Silberman’s articles on science, music, art, and culture have appeared in Wired, the New Yorker, the MIT Technology Review, Nature, The Believer, Salon, Shambhala Sun, and many other publications. As a young man, Silberman worked as a teaching assistant to poet Allen Ginsberg. He also coproduced the Grateful Dead’s box set So Many Roads (1965-1995), which was Rolling Stone’s Box Set of the Year. His Twitter feed is @stevesilberman, and he lives with his husband Keith Karraker in San Francisco.
Raymond Foye is a writer, curator, editor and publisher, based in New York City. He is a Consulting Editor of the Brooklyn Rail. He has worked for City Lights Books, New Directions, and Petersburg Press, and from 1986-1996 he was the editor and publisher (with Francesco Clemente) of Hanuman Books. From 1990-95 he worked as director of exhibitions and publications at Gagosian Gallery in New York. His recent projects include The Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman (co-edited with Tate Swindell) for New Directions (2019). He organized the first exhibition of the works of legendary underground filmmaker and painter Jordan Belson for Matthew Marks Gallery in 2019, and is working on a comprehensive monograph on Belson’s work. Currently he is preparing an edition of Gregory Corso’s last poems (1980-2000) for New Directions, and the Collected Poems of Rene Ricard, to be published in 2020.
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