"What is the city but the people?" Shakespeare asks in the tragedy Coriolanus. It's a question also posed by Suketu Mehta, the O. Henry Prize–winning author and Pulitzer finalist for his work of narrative nonfiction, Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. Born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai) and New York, Mehta delves into the human experience in the city—from migration and dislocation to alienation, sadness, and the foundation of community. Mehta is joined by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Lorraine Adams for this thought-provoking look at the role of art—and the museums and institutions that safeguard and foster it—in telling and preserving urban stories.
Recorded October 20, 2015
This program is made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.