CANCELLED * Author Event: Stephen van Dyck, People I've Met From The Internet
River Bend is proud to welcome Stephen van Dyck to the shop for a discussion of his new book, People I've Met From the Internet.
This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your spot here. It also qualifies for the River Bend Event Points Program.
About the Book
Stephen van Dyck's PEOPLE I'VE MET FROM THE INTERNET is a queer reimagining of the coming-of-age narrative set at the dawn of the internet era. In 1997, AOL is first entering suburban homes just as thirteen-year-old Stephen is coming into his sexuality, constructing selves and cruising in the fantasyscape of the internet. Through strange, intimate, and sometimes perilous physical encounters with the hundreds of men he finds there, Stephen explores the pleasures and pains of growing up, contends with his mother's homophobia and early death, and ultimately searches for a way of being in the world. Spanning twelve years, the book takes the form of a very long annotated list, tracking Stephen's journey and the men he meets from adolescence in New Mexico to post-recession adulthood in Los Angeles, creating a multi-dimensional panorama of gay men's lives as he searches for glimpses of utopia in the available world.
About the Author
Stephen van Dyck is a writer, artist, and educator. Van Dyck's writing has appeared in Yes Femmes, Entropy, and Out of Nothing, and his work has been written about in Zyzzyva, The Gay & Lesbian Review, LA Weekly, the LA Review of Books, and Hyperallergic. An MFA graduate of Integrated Media, Critical Studies and Experimental Sound Practices at CalArts, van Dyck has performed and presented work all around Los Angeles, including LACE, MOCA, LACMA and Human Resources. Since 2008, van Dyck has curated the Los Angeles Road Concerts, all-day arts events where over 300 LA artists and locals have re-imagined unused outdoor public space along the entire lengths of LA's very long streets.