White Flights: Jess Row

Mon. Aug 26, 2019 at 6:30pm EDT
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A critique of white isolation in literature, music, and film. 


“White flight” is well known as the movement of white Americans into segregated communities, whether in suburbs or gentrified downtowns. In White FlightsJess Row extends this analogy to white writers setting their stories in isolated or emotionally insulated landscapes. Using close readings of work from the likes of Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, and David Foster Wallace, Row examines the ways writers have built up imaginative space for themselves without closely engaging with race. Going beyond criticism, Row also envisions writing and creativity as reparative work.


Jess Row is the author of the novel Your Face in Mine and the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost.


Mid-Sentence presents a series of conversations with groundbreaking literary voices. Indie authors and cult favorites explore the intersections between literature and lived experience.




ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.

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Mid-Manhattan Library Program Room 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10018