OBLONG ONLINE: Tom Shachtman, "The Memoir of the Minotaur," in conversation with Dick Hermans

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
via Zoom

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The Memoir of the Minotaur is the posthumous confessions of the half-man, half-bull of Crete, as offered to an audience of recently-deceased, 21st-century fellow souls in Hades' domain. This book is a satire for readers unafraid of a rollicking good tale involving anatomically-complex beings, unforgivable puns, the champion serial killer of all time, scantily-clad Greek maidens, and youths, articulate tyrants, and feminist proto-history leavened with theological impertinence. Tom Shachtman will talk with Oblong's Dick Hermans about the book and what inspired him to write the novel.

Tom ShachtmanMemoir of the Minotaur by Tom Shachtman

The Memoir of the Minotaur shares its form with other popular retellings of the monster narrative such as John Gardner's Grendel, and the narrative voice has likenesses to the exuberance, bawdiness, and blasphemy of Salman Rushdie and John Barth.

Tom Shachtman is an author, filmmaker, and educator. He has written or co-authored more than thirty books, including The Founding Fortunes: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America's Revolution, How the French Saved America, Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment: Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries, Rumspringa, Airlift to America, and Terrors and Marvels, as well documentaries for ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS, and has taught at major universities. Publishers Weekly lauded his book Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish as "not only one of the most absorbing books ever written about the Plain People, but a perceptive snapshot of the larger culture in which they live and move." He has written articles for The New York Times, Newsday, Smithsonian, and environmental monthlies, and writes a column for The Lakeville Journal (CT). A two-hour television documentary based on his book Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold was broadcast on PBS in February 2008.

How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 12th, 2017

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