January 30, 2012
6:15 pm
Pulitzer Hall, Room 301
Columbia University
New York, New York

Sharon Marcus, the Orlando Harriman Professor of English at Columbia University and the fiction editor of Public Books, interviews NYU Professor of Sociology and Public Culture editor Eric Klinenberg, the author of what The Atlantic has called “The Most Conversation-Generating Book about How We Live Now” of 2012. In Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (Penguin Press), Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom about how the rise of living alone is transforming modern life. Challenging the myths of increasing social isolation and community decline, Klinenberg argues instead that the dramatic emergence of single living is made possible by the robustness of urban societies, and he highlights its benefits as well as its dangers.


This event is co-sponsored by Public Books and, at Columbia University, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Department of Sociology, and the Graduate School of Journalism.


Free and open to the public.


First come, first seated.