Matthew Newton, author of Shopping Mall will speak at Mac's on Saturday, October 7th at 7 p.m.
Part memoir and part case study, Shopping Mall, by Matthew Newton, examines the modern mythology of the mall and shows that, more than a collection of stores, it is a place of curiosity, ritual, and fantasy. One of Pennsylvania’s first enclosed malls was near Matthew Newton's childhood home in Pittsburgh. It was a climate-controlled pleasuredome boasting waterfalls, fish ponds, an indoor ice skating rink larger than Rockefeller Center's, and an illuminated clock tower. It also became the backdrop for Dawn of the Dead, the late filmmaker George A. Romero's zombie opus. Shopping Mall arrives from the new publishing project Object Lessons, a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Newton will read a brief excerpt from his book, followed by a conversation with writer RA Washington from Guide to Kulchur in Cleveland.
Matthew Newton is Director of Publishing at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work has been published by the Oxford American, the Atlantic's CityLab, Forbes, the Rumpus, Guernica, and Spin. He lives with his wife and two sons in Western Pennsylvania.