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In Camera Man, film critic Dana Stevens pulls the lens out from Keaton’s life and work to look at concurrent developments in entertainment, journalism, law, technology, the political and social status of women, and the popular understanding of addiction. With erudition and sparkling humor, Stevens hopscotches among disciplines to bring us up to the present day, when Keaton’s breathtaking (and sometimes life-threatening) stunts remain more popular than ever as they circulate on the internet in the form of viral gifs. Far more than a biography or a work of film history, Camera Man is a wide-ranging meditation on modernity that paints a complex portrait of a one-of-a-kind artist.
Dana Stevens has been Slate's film critic since 2016. She is also a cohost of the magazine's long-running weekly culture podcast, the Slate Culture Gabfest, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and Bookforum. Stevens lives with her family in New York.
Stevens will be in conversation with Timothy Noah, a staff writer at the New Republic and author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Problem And What We Can Do About It. Previously he was labor policy editor at Politico, a senior writer at Slate, a Washington-based reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and an editor of The Washington Monthly, where he remains a contributing editor.