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WNYC Presents 'Answer Songs' with Joyce Carol Oates

featuring Ben Arthur and special guests

Thursday, July 23, 2015

7:00 PM

It's songwriter and novelist Ben Arthur's contention that all art answers other art. So for his latest album, Call and Response, he composed a collection of what he calls "answer songs"  pieces that serve as responses to other artists' work, including the writer Joyce Carol Oates

In this live reading and music performance, Oates and Arthur join us for a special night exploring the hazy intersection between literature and music. How does one artist's ideas, characters and sounds inspire and inform new ideas, characters and sounds? Oates will read a piece from her catalogue, and musicians, including singer/songwriter Rebecca Jordan (whose song, "Another Love" was recently recorded by Prince) will play songs they have written in response. A discussion about inspiration will follow, along with a brief Q&A. WNYC's Leonard Lopate hosts.

Watch a live video stream of the event at 7pm:

Listen to a song by Arthur, inspired by Oates' short story, Mastiff.


Joyce Carol Oates