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Paul Muldoon Photo Credit: Pieter M. van Hattem
Erica Jong Photo Credit: Christian Als

A Valentine from Four Distinguished Writers Talking About Our Favorite Emotion.

In a way, love is a writer's only subject, though it usually is disguised by, or filtered through, such matters as war, rebellion, heroism, zeal, ambition, madness, avarice, grief, wonder, innocence, shame and so forth. Under every  subject a writer deals with lies love of someone or of something. Even when no motive for writing shows—and in the best works or art it ought not to—still, most writers are out to make the world worth loving. Don't you think? This is the sort of question Erica Jong, Paul Muldoon and Roger Rosenblatt will toss to one another, with Valentine's Day around the corner, in a free-wheeling discussion among celebrated writers whose fiction, essays and poems have made them beloved themselves. Romantic love, parental love, love of friends, of nature, of love itself—every angle and permutation examined, embraced and knocked about. What's not to love. Oh, did we fail to mention sex?

Following the event, there will be a bookselling and signing of Roger Rosenblatt’s new book, The Book of Love and Paul Muldoon's One Thousand Things Worth Knowing and The Word on the Street.


Can't make it to the event? Leave your questions for our guests below, and they might be used on stage during the Q&A. Keep an eye on 92Y On Demand after the event for any video clips we might share! You might see your question used on stage.


Brief Bios

Roger Rosenblatt’s essays for Time and "The NewsHour" on PBS have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody and an Emmy. He is the autor of six off-Broadway plays and sixteen books, including the national bestsellers Kayak Morning, Making Toast, Unless It Moves the Human Heart, Rules for Aging, the novel Lapham Rising and Children of War, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circel Award. He hs held the Briggs-Copeland appointment in the teaching of writing at Harvard, and is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University.

Erica Jong is a poet, novelist and essayist whose works have been influential all over the world. Her first novel Fear of Flying has sold 27 million copies from the US and Europe to China. Fear of Flying has recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary with new editions in many languages. She is the author of seven widely honored volumes of poetry, eight novels and seven non-fiction books. Among other awards she has been honored with the Fernanda Pivano Award for Literature in Italy, the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature and Poetry Magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize. For further information please visit

Paul Muldoon is the author of 12 books of poetry, including One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in spring 2015.

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