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JONATHAN BLOW ON ITALO CALVINO AND VIDEO GAMES

Date:

04/11/2017


JONATHAN BLOW ON ITALO CALVINO AND VIDEO GAMES

In 1984, Italo Calvino was invited to give the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. Before his death he was able to complete five of the six planned lectures on the imaginative possibilities of language and literature. The lectures, collected as Six Memos for the Next Millennium, are now available in a celebrated new translation by Geoffrey Brock.

After the inaugural event with Jonathan Lethem on 'Lightness,' the first of the Memos, followed by the second event featuring a conversation between Paola Antonelli and Maria Popova on: Quickness, Enchantment, and the Felicity of Storytelling, the series continues with Jonathan Blow, who will discuss the influence of Calvino's work on his video games.

For almost ten years, Blow has been challenging the video game market with his postmodern creations: first with 2008's Braid, which almost a million people played to completion, then the highly-anticipated The Witness in 2016. Of his most recent release, The Guardian has said "It may be helpful, in fact, to think of Jonathan Blow as a kind of Thomas Pynchon of gaming, and of The Witness as his Gravity’s Rainbow."

Jonathan Blow is a designer-programmer whose goal is to make games that are mind-expanding in ways special to this medium. He is best known for the well-received game Braid and more recently for The Witness. He is also a partner in the Indie Fund, an initiative to help creative new developers grow stronger while remaining independent. He speaks frequently at conferences and universities on the advancement of game design as an art form.

Italo Calvino (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.

Information

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : The Center for Fiction

In collaboration with : Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : Free


Location:

The Center for Fiction • 17 E. 47th St. NYC

1690