Scott Esposito launches The Doubles, with Álvaro Enrigue
September 6, 2017, 7:00 PM
Part memoir-through-film, part inquiry into the effect art has on our lives, Scott Esposito’s The Doubles is a passionate, exquisitely written examination of 14 films that have come to define him. From classic cinema like A Clockwork Orange to cosmological documentaries like A Brief History of Time to offbeat works like Koyaanisqatsi and major contemporary fare like Boyhood, Esposito delves into the ways a medium contributes to the formation of our self-identity.
"Scott Esposito is a true American cosmopolitan." — Álvaro Enrigue, author of Sudden Death
"To read The Doubles is to discover that Scott Esposito is as thrillingly insightful about film, and about human experience, as he is about literature. With a bounding intelligence, a tremendous—and seemingly effortless—erudition, with enormous soulfulness, energy and wit, Esposito strains his life through the prism of cinema (or is it the other way around?) and arrives at something magnificent: a work of sustained criticism that is itself a work of high art, and a profound meditation on how the art we see becomes who we are."—Matthew Specktor, Los Angeles Review of Books founding editor
and author of American Dream Machine
Scott Esposito is the author of four books, most recently The Doubles from Civil Coping Mechanisms. He is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has appeared in BOMB magazine, Tin House, The White Review, The Lifted Brow, The Believer, The Washington Post, and others. He was a finalist for the 2014 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize.