Anthony Lee (New York)

Confucius, Kerouac, and my Old Man

During a difficult year after the death of his father, author Anthony Lee turned to Eastern philosophy to try to rediscover order. That pursuit, and brief notes for a poem left behind in his father’s apartment, led him through a study of memory and identity that forced him to consider the very meaning of art in one’s life and in the world. In his performative talk, Lee continues his investigation of the abiding influence of Asian continental thought on American arts and letters.

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Anthony Lee, Confucius, Kerouac, and My Old Man, 2016. Lecture performance documentation FIELD MEETING: Thinking Practice, November 11th at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: Renata Carciofolo.


Anthony Lee is the author of the novels Martin Quinn and There in the Darkness; he holds a Ph.D. from The State University of New York at Binghamton. Lee teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Joseph Kosuth, (Art as Idea as Idea) [Water], 1966. Photostat, mounted on board, 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Gift, Leo Castelli, New York, 1973.