WALTER KIRN: BLOOD WILL OUT
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – 7:00pm
Walter Kirn discusses his new memoir, about his tumultuous friendship with the murderer and serial impostor known as “Clark Rockefeller.”
Notes from the Author:
In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper and brutal murderer
As Kirn uncovers the truth about his friend, a psychopath masquerading as a gentleman, he also confronts hard truths about himself. Why, as a writer of fiction, was he susceptible to the deception of a sinister fantasist whose crimes, Kirn learns, were based on books and movies? What are the psychological links between the artist and the con man? This investigation of the past climaxes in a tense jailhouse reunion with a man whom Kirn realizes he barely knew – a predatory, sophisticated genius whose life, in some respects, parallels his own and who may have intended to take another victim during his years as a fugitive from justice: Kirn himself.
Walter Kirn is the author of Thumbsucker and Up in the Air, both made into major films. His work has appeared in GQ, New York, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, where an excerpt of Blood Will Out first appeared.