Lewis Hyde
he will be giving lectures that are both free and public
The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good
his books are the sort of thing that artists and writers pass on to each other as if samizdat—person to person, in hushed reverent tones
People like David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, the Roberts Pinsky and Bly, Jonathan Lethem, and Michael Chabon—people we like—have been so vocal about their love for the man they might as well be street criers
"The Gift actually deserves the hyperbolic praise that in most blurbs is so empty. It is the sort of book that you remember where you were and even what you were wearing when you first picked it up. The sort that you hector friends about until they read it too. This is not just formulaic blurbspeak; it is the truth. No one who is invested in any kind of art, in questions of what real art does and doesn't have to do with money, spirituality, ego, love, ugliness, sales, politics, morality, marketing, and whatever you call 'value,' can read The Gift and remain unchanged."
The Gift
The Gift gives the lie to our society's current notion that art atrophies outside of a market
What Hyde's work embodies is a broad and generous vision of what it is to be human, backed up by history and our own still-somehow-present sense of life as something fundamentally shared.
Hyde lectures on
The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good
t at 6:30 pm Wednesday, February 3,
at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson St, 226-4391, and at at 4 pm Thursday, February 4, at Lewis and Clark College, Templeton Campus Center, Council Chambers, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, 768-7000.