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“Rennie Sparks: Pretty Polly and the Itsy Bitsy Spider, Strange fascinations and mysterious bloodshed in the wilderness of folk song,” 10/15/2008

October 15, 2008IASEvents0

Lyricist, short story writer, and sometime vocalist and instrumentalist Rennie Sparks, of Albuquerque, is one half of the perversely luminous folk duo the Handsome Family. Their albums include Odessa (1994), Milk and Scissors (1996), Through the Trees (1998), In the Air (1999), Down in the Valley (1999), Singing Bones (2003), and The Last Days of Wonder (2006). This fall, Greil Marcus holds the Winton Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and is teaching a short course in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, “The Old Weird America” (CSCL 4910/ENGL 4090) October 1 – November 19. Greil Marcus is the author of “The Shape of Things to Come” (2006), “Lipstick Traces” (1989), “Mystery Train” (1975; 5th revised edition 2008), and other books. With Werner Sollors, he is the co-editor of “A New Literary History of America,” forthcoming from Harvard in 2009. In recent years he has taught at Berkeley, Princeton, and the New School in New York. He lives in Berkeley. He is a monthly columnist for the Believer. Cosponsored by The College of Liberal Arts, and The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.

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