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How to Make a Self: Tara Isabella Burton on Identity, Belonging, and the Sacred

August 18, 2023 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Award-winning writer Tara Isabella Burton, whose fiction and nonfiction have a pulse on contemporary social and cultural conceptions of the self and the sacred, joins hosts Thomas Arnold and Zachary Davis to talk about her new book Self-Made and its exploration of themes from her previous work.

In Self-Made, Tara Isabella Burton delves into “the theories and forces behind our never-ending need to curate ourselves.” In this Supersalon we will talk with Tara about how to put current “self-fashioning” into perspective, both comparatively and as a distinctive moment. Are we all Kardashians now? Does a godless, or at least perversely sacred, world offer collective fabrics to hold life together, or is one’s own individuality the market ever to be sought and cornered? Might there be new forms of self creation and collective ritual on the horizon, in a world where the world is burning and technology promises a front-row seat?

True to Tara’s rich and varied writing, this promises to be a wide-ranging and provocative discussion. Join us!

See below some of Tara’s published works:

Self-Made:Creating Our Identities from Da Vinci to the Kardashians
Strange Rites:New Religions for a Godless World
Social Creatures
The World Cannot Give


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August 18, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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Thomas Arnold
Zach Davis


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