Evan Eisenberg: Trumpiad Poetry Performance

July 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The MIT Press Bookstore
301 Massachusetts Ave
MA 02139

Please join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming author and satirist Evan Eisenberg, who will be reading from his latest book, The Trumpiad. The reading will feature live musical accompaniment by The Bad Words, an electro-acoustic carnivalesque sound experiment in the key of Debord.

Few politicians in history have deserved lampooning as richly as Donald Trump. And few have gotten their just deserts served up as deliciously as they are in The Trumpiad, a work perceptively characterized by Stuart Klawans as “a true epic about a mock President.” In their caustic, uproarious Trumpiad, poet Evan Eisenberg and artist Steve Brodner present a satire in verse for our demented times. Inspired by Swift, Byron, and Ogden Nash as much as by John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, Eisenberg sets the stage (“Muse, you’re fired”) and then traces our hero from the murk of his ancestry in the form of his grandfather Friedrich (an enterprising immigrant who ran a bordello) to the latest presidential high crimes and misadventures.

Using a rakish, endlessly flexible five-line stanza he calls the Emilick—the love child of Emily Dickinson and Edward Lear— Eisenberg follows the arc of Trump’s career as it bends toward injustice, hits it, and then sinks still lower. Brodner matches the poet punch for punch, in the spirit of such great satiric artists as Hogarth, Goya, and  Daumier.


Evan Eisenberg’s essays and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Time, Esquire, and the New York Times. He is the author of The Ecology of Eden, called by the Washington Post “a prose epic [of] dazzling wit and impressive learning,” and The Recording Angel, selected as one of the “50 greatest music books ever” by the Observer.



This performance will be accompanied by Boston-based musicians The Bad Words, in the form of an experimental piece for circuit-bent electronics and carnivalesque accordion.

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