7th January 2021 | Live Stream

Launching us into January, we explore a lesser-known side to Sylvia Plath, the American novelist and poet, whose creativity still influences and resonates so strongly today. While readers may be familiar with her work and life, there are so many chapters of it left unexplored and, by focussing on Sylvia’s adventures in Paris, Dave Haslam brings a new, welcome perspective to what we think we know. Haslam is a broadcaster, author and former Hacienda DJ, whose latest series ‘Art Decades’ is building into an intriguing collection of small format books about writing, music, and art, rooted in lived experience and a love for cities.   

My Second Home: Sylvia Plath in Paris, 1956 is about the poet’s visits to the French capital just before she married Ted Hughes. She’d grown to love the city after spending Christmas there with long term boyfriend Richard Sassoon, but she was alone during her visit at Easter 1956. We discover how she filled those Paris days, including having dinner with an Italian communist, instigating drunken afternoon sex with a friend of a friend, sketching in the park, and feeling chic on the sunny side of the street as she considered decisions and future plans: in her phrase, ‘the fatal dance’ of choices and alternatives.

My Second Home is the fourth book in ‘Art Decades’ – following-on from works exploring vinyl collecting, Courtney Love, and the artist Keith Haring. While each book works as a stand alone short form read, as a series the themes, passions and lives in each, ultimately connects them (and us) all.

Dave Haslam’s journalism has appeared in The Guardian, the LRB, the Face and he has written five full-length books, including ‘Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues’, and his autobiography ‘Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor’ (acclaimed by BBC 6 Music presenter Gilles Peterson as “the best book of 2018”). As a DJ, Dave Haslam played over 450 times at the legendary Haçienda in Manchester, and worldwide, from Berlin to New York, Paris to Peru. Plus who can forget his legendary DJ set at Also Festival 2016?

Thursday 7th January at 8pm.

This Salon is part of our drive to get us together with the big ideas we need. Tickets are £15 and include his book My Second Home: Sylvia Plath in Paris, 1956 which we will send you post-Salon. Alternatively, become a member and get your big ideas curated by us at Salon London for a whole year.