Nelson Algren Live clips: Barry Gifford, Don DeLillo, Willem Dafoe

May 21, 2009

Following up on Nelson Algren Live from this April, we present two pieces of footage from the event at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. In the first, Barry Gifford reads from Nelson Algren’s recollections of Margo, the prostitute and junkie who inspired the character Mary-Beth in the uncompleted novel Entrapment. In the second, Willem Dafoe takes on the role of Blackie Cavanaugh, welterweight Chicago boxer, from Algren’s haunting 1939 story “The Lightless Room.” Both pieces are included in Entrapment and Other Writings from Seven Stories.

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