A Celebration of Primo Levi: Paola Mieli and Joan Acocella
Wednesday October 21, 2015
Primo Levi's legacy as a recorder of the atrocities of the holocaust is well known in the United States, but his work beyond Survival in Auschwitz has not received the attention it deserves. Finally all fourteen of his books have been collected into The Complete Works of Primo Levi to spotlight the breadth of his accomplishments. To celebrate the publication, the Center was honored to welcome famed writer and critic Joan Acocella who wrote about Levi in her essay collection Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints in discussion with writer and psychoanalyst Paola Mieli. Mieli's A Silver Martian looks at Levi's short story "Sleeping Beauty in the Fridge" and Levi's investigation into the ramifications of the holocaust.
Joan Acocella has written for The New Yorker, reviewing dance and books, since 1992, and became the magazine’s dance critic in 1998. Her article “Cather and the Academy” was included in the The Best American Essays 1996; she later expanded the essay into the book Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. She is the author of Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder and a biographical and critical study of the choreographer Mark Morris; the co-editor of André Levinson on Dance: Writings from Paris in the Twenties; and the editor of The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky. Her most recent book is Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints, a collection of essays, and she is working on a book about good and evil. She has written on dance, literature, and other arts for many publications, including the Times Book Review, Art in America, The New York Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, and is currently a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. She has received awards from the National Book Critics Circle, the Congress on Research in Dance, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Newswoman’s Club of New York.
Paola Mieli is a practicing psychoanalyst and author based in New York City. She is the founder and president of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association, a member of Le Cercle Freudien (Paris), of Insistance (Paris), and of The European Federation of Psychoanalysis (Strasbourg). She teaches in the Department of Photography and Related Media of The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her books include: Sobre as manipulacaoes irreversivels do corpo (Contra Capa Publisher, Rio de Janeiro 2002), and Being Human: The Technological Extensions of the Body (Co-Editor, Marsilio Publishers, New York, 1999).