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The Anatomy of Melancholy

David Yaffe
December 1, 2015

David Yaffe reads a paper he wrote, entitled "The Anatomy of Melancholy: How Joni Mitchell Changed my life and why she should change yours, too"

Organized by Bookforum Editor Albert Mobilio, Double Take is a unique reading series that asks award winning and emerging poets, novelists, editors, and artists to trade takes on shared experiences. Held at The Apex Art Gallery in New York City on December 1, 2015.

David's original transcript can be read here.

David Yaffe is Professor of Humanities at Syracuse University. He is the author of Fascinating Rhythm (Princeton, 2006) and Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown (Yale, 2011). His next book, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2016. His writings have appeared in many publications, including Harper's, The Nation, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Slate, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice and, of course, Bookforum. He was a winner of the 2012 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism.


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