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Glenn O’Brien and the Past, Present, and Future of Magazine Writing


Admission and $10 off at our bookstore

November 6, 2019 Wednesday, 7:00 pm

The Center for Fiction
15 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11217

A conversation about Glenn O’Brien’s particular genius as a cultural critic for our time and the launch of ZE Books.

Glenn O’Brien’s Intelligence for Dummies: A Portrait is the first title from the newly launched ZE Books. ZE creates literary mix-tapes from visionary writers, artists, and musicians. Bridging the personal and public, each ZE book is a life told through writing, art, and photography.

Glenn OBrien by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadi - Carla Cain-Walther
  • Glenn OBrien by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadi - Carla Cain-Walther

    Glenn O'Brien

    Glenn O'Brien

    Glenn O’Brien (1947-2017) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and studied at Georgetown University and Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts. After college, he joined Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, which he helped shape over his 20-year association.

    O’Brien was a hall-of-fame copy – writer and creative director whose ads are ingrained in popular culture. As editor of Interview Magazine, he wrote some of the first important features on Jean Michel Basquiat, Christopher Wool, and Richard Prince. He wrote regular columns in publications including Artforum, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Paper, Purple, and Spin, and was widely read on the subjects of art, fashion, and music. Beloved as GQ’s “Style Guy,” his witty advice column was syndicated in GQ editions around the world. O’Brien wrote dozens of books, including 2011’s best-selling How to Be A Man, published in six countries.