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Eric Wilson 

When: Thu., July 12, 7 p.m. 2012

Before I knew what I was doing, I was posting a phone pic of it to Facebook—an earthworm in its final throes, writhing reflexively beneath a swarm of ants on the sidewalk. I watched the miniature drama until the worm stopped moving. But why exactly? Eric G. Wilson, in his new book Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away, makes a comprehensive run at answering that question. The Wake Forest University professor of English has made a name for himself with multifaceted psychological interpretations of literature and other cultural manifestations, both in academic settings and on NPR and NBC's Today show. "What is this fixation on the perverse—the deviant, the macabre, the diseased?" he asks in prose by turns confessional and analytical. By testing instances of personal trauma and national tragedy, Wilson plays oracle over our shared, psychic guts. The free reading begins at 7 p.m. —Chris Vitiello

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