Brian Platzer: The Body Politic (with Amanda Mull)
Wednesday March 4: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
New York City is still regaining its balance in the years following 9/11, when four twenty-somethings—Tess, Tazio, David, and Angelica—meet in a bar, each yearning for something: connection, recognition, a place in the world, a cause to believe in. Nearly fifteen years later, as their city recalibrates in the wake of the 2016 election, their bond has endured—but almost everything else has changed.
As freshmen at Cooper Union, Tess and Tazio were the ambitious, talented future of the art world—but by thirty-six, Tess is married to David, the mother of two young boys, and working as an understudy on Broadway. Kind and steady, David is everything Tess lacked in her own childhood—but a recent freak accident has left him with befuddling symptoms, and she’s still adjusting to her new role as caretaker.
Meanwhile, Tazio—who once had a knack for earning the kind of attention that Cooper Union students long for—has left the art world for a career in creative branding and politics. But in December 2016, fresh off the astonishing loss of his candidate, Tazio is adrift, and not even his gorgeous and accomplished fiancée, Angelica, seems able to get through to him. With tensions rising on the national stage, the four friends are forced to face the reality of their shared histories, especially a long-ago betrayal that has shaped every aspect of their friendship.
Join us as Brian sits down with Amanda Mull of The Atlantic to discuss his elegant and perceptive novel of the buried secrets that find their way to the surface, and how everything can shift—and eventually erupt—over the course of a life.
Brian Platzer has an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and a BA from Columbia University. His writing has appeared often in The New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, as well as in the New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and two young sons in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, and teaches middle school English in Manhattan.
Amanda Mull is staff writer at The Atlantic, based in New York City. She covers topics at the intersection of health and culture, including wellness, food, the beauty and fashion industries, cannabis, consumerism, and the ways technology changes how we relate to others and ourselves. Before joining The Atlantic, her writing was featured in Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Elle, Pacific Standard, Vox, and InStyle, among others.