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Brittany Ackerman and Francesca Bell
January 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Brittany Ackerman discusses her new memoir, The Perpetual Motion Machine, with Francesca Bell.
About The Perpetual Motion Machine
Inspired by a brother’s high school science project–a perpetual motion machine that could save the world–the Perpetual Motion Machine is a memoir in essays that attempts to save a sibling by depicting the visceral pain that accompanies longing for some past impossibility. The collection has been a science project in its study of memory, in the calculation and plotting of the moments that make up a childhood. The preparation has been “in the field” in that it is built upon the gathering of lived experience; the evidence is photo albums, family interviews, and anecdotes from friends. The project has been one giant experiment–to see if they can all make it out alive.