DEBBIE PRESSMAN // Publicist
CASEY HANSEN // Publicist
SongWriter features a dozen episodes with many of Arthur’s literary crushes, including Roxane Gay, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Orlean, Patricia Lockwood, Missy Eaves, Gary Schteyngart, Ted Leo and Jonathan Lethem. “All art responds to other art,” Arthur wrote in a New York Times Op-Ed, concerning the fine line between stealing from, and being inspired by, the works of other artists. It’s not news that artists take inspiration from numerous sources, even literature, and the serendipitous journey of any piece of artwork can seem profound after the fact. But Arthur takes an especially expansive view of literature as muse, and his wide-ranging forays into storytelling are - like his music - deeply resonant and heartfelt. Each art form has unique ways of captivating its audience, a “secret language to get inside people’s chests,” Arthur said. “My lifelong passion is to figure out how that works.” Another of Arthur’s projects, SongCraft Presents, aired three half-hour episodes on PBS and garnered five Emmy Award nominations.