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Feb. 14, 2007

Essayist Strauss Reads For 'Live From Prairie Lights' March 1

Essayist and art critic David Levi Strauss will read from "Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live on the Internet at

The free reading will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on AM 910 WSUI in Iowa City, AM 640 WOI in Ames and AM 1010 KRNI in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI in Iowa City.

In "Between the Eyes" Strauss tackles subjects as diverse as "Photography and Propaganda," the imagery of dreams, Sebastião Salgado's epic social documents and the deeply personal photographic revelations of Francesca Woodman.

The timely issue of photographic legitimacy is addressed in the essay "Photography and Belief," and in "The Highest Degree of Illusion" Strauss discusses the media frenzy surrounding the events of Sept. 11.

Strauss, who is also the author of "Between Dog and Wolf: Essays on Art and Politics," "The Fighting Is a Dance, Too: Leon Golub & Nancy Spero" and the poetry collection "Manoeuvres," is a faculty member at Bard College. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the magazines Artforum and Aperture.

The reading is presented in conjunction with the Oberman Center's Humanities Symposium: "Obscenity: an Interdisciplinary Discussion." For information, visit

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