Emma Straub presents "The Squid and the Whale"

New York Times best-selling author Emma Straub joins us to present Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale. In ‘80s Brooklyn, when a couple of infrequently publishing writers could live in a spacious Park Slope brownstone with their two kids, the self-absorbed duo announce plans to separate, upending the lives of their children. The acerbic bunch, parents included, fail to handle the adjustment well, but the characters are so monstrous—save perhaps for the younger son, a self-proclaimed philistine—that it seems implausible that they were even marginally more loving prior to the separation. Drawing out painfully harsh moments between family members with dark humor and wry wit, Baumbach—the child of two writers—hones in on the inescapable drama of the nuclear family, a subject also near and dear to Straub’s work. Watch closely, and you might catch a glimpse of Emma in the film…

The film will be followed by a conversation with Emma and copies of her new book, Modern Lovers, will be available for purchase.

Dir Noah Baumbach, 2005, 35mm, 81 min.