With references to 1990s pop culture from The Big Lebowski to Nirvana, Joshua Isard will read from his debut novel Conquistador of the Useless on Friday, Sept. 20, at Arcadia University. The reading is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle and is free and open to the public.
Conquistador of the Useless tells the story of “successful slacker” Nathan Wavelsky, his wife Lisa, and their two cats, who flee the city for the peace of the suburbs and get more than they expect. While the couple is self-sufficient and in their early 30s, Nathan is opposed to progressing as an adult.
Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and a visiting professor of English at Arcadia, Isard also will discuss how he integrated pop cultural references and allusions into his novel to enrich the reading experience.