David Sedaris reads a poem by Frank O’Hara; Mary-Louise Parker reads a story by Joy Williams; Dakota Johnson reads the work of Roberto Bolaño; John Ashbery’s “Soonest Mended” is scored by musician Steve Gunn; and The Paris Review’s Southern editor, John Jeremiah Sullivan, sings Robert Johnson.
“A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island,” from The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara, by Frank O’Hara © 1971 by Maureen Granville-Smith, Administratrix of the Estate of Frank O’Hara, copyright renewed 1999 by Maureen O’Hara Granville-Smith and Donald Allen. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
“Soonest Mended,” from The Double Dream of Spring, by John Ashbery. © 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966 by John Ashbery. Used by permission of Georges Borchardt, Inc., on behalf of the author. All rights reserved.