Michael Robbins in conversation with Elif Batuman
July 19, 2017, 7:00 PM
Michael Robbins’s Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music asks how art can help us make sense--or nonsense--of the world. With subjects ranging from Prince to Def Leppard, Lucille Clifton to Frederick Seidel, Robbins addresses this weighty question while contemplating the idea of how strange it is that we need art at all. Equipment for Living is a refreshing, insightful look at how works of art, specifically poetry and popular music, can serve as essential tools for living.
Michael Robbins is the author of the poetry collections Alien vs. Predator and The Second Sex as well as the book Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music. His selected poems are featured in the second volume of the newly revived Penguin Modern Poets series. His poetry and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, Harper's, Bookforum, and many other publications. He received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago and lives in Brooklyn with the best cat in the world.