New Yorker critic and author David Denby joins us for a discussion about the state of cinema, habits of moviegoers and direction of the film industry, areas of exploration in his provocative collection of essays called Do the Movies Have a Future?
Sonia Taitz reads from The Watchmaker's Daughter, a coming-of-age story about a daughter of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants and Holocaust survivors, and discusses her book and the memoir writing genre with bestselling novelist Caroline Leavitt.
Bronx-born Janet Grossbach Mayer is a New York City high school English teacher with 51 years experience. Her new book As Bad As They Say? chronicles the lives of 8 of her students she considers heroes for changing the stereotype of Bronx teenagers.
Tonight is a special night of fiction readings by emerging writers. Interview editor-at-large Christopher Bollen reads from his debut novel Lightning People and James Frey collaborator on I Am Number Four Jobie Hughes reads from his novel At Dawn.
Jami Attenberg reads from her new novel, The Middlesteins, a portrait of a midwestern Jewish family caught up in a tug of war between passion and obligation. Afterwards she will discuss her work with J. Courtney Sullivan, author of the novel Maine.
English biographer Andrew Morton, author of books on Diana, Princess of Wales, Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie, among others, reveals secrets in his new book, 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History.
Cryptographer and computer security specialist Bruce Schneier introduces Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World and offers necessary guidance to safeguard your identity in the twenty-first century.
A renowned cultural critic tells his own deeply engaging story of growing up in the turbulent American culture of the postwar decades.At once a coming-of-age story, an intellectual autobiography, and vivid cultural history, Why Not Say What Happened is an eloquent, gripping account of an intellectual…
A renowned cultural critic tells his own deeply engaging story of growing up in the turbulent American culture of the postwar decades.At once a coming-of-age story, an intellectual autobiography, and vivid cultural history, Why Not Say What Happened is an eloquent, gripping account of an intellectual and emotional education from one of our leading critics. In this "acutely observed, slyly funny memoir" (Molly Haskell), Morris Dickstein evokes his boisterous and close-knit Jewish family, his years as a yeshiva student that eventually led to fierce rebellion, his teenage adventures in the Catskills and in a Zionist summer camp, and the later education that thrust him into a life-changing world of ideas and far-reaching literary traditions. Dickstein brilliantly depicts the tension between the parochial religious world of his youth and the siren call of a larger cosmopolitan culture, a rebellion that manifested itself in a yarmulka replaced by Yankees cap, a Shakespeare play concealed behind a heavy tractate of the Talmud, and classes cut on Wednesday afternoons to take in the Broadway theater.Tracing a path from the Lower East Side to Columbia University, Yale, and Cambridge, Dickstein leaves home, travels widely, and falls in love, breaking through to new experiences of intimacy and sexual awakening, only to be brought low by emotional conflicts that beset him as a graduate studenthomesickness, a sense of cultural dislocationissues that come to a head during a troubled year abroad. In Why Not Say What Happened we see Dickstein come into his own as a teacher and writer deeply engaged with poetry the "daringly modern" Blake, the bittersweet "negotiations of time and loss" in Wordsworth, and the "shifting turns of consciousness itself" in Keats. While eloquently evoking the tumult of the sixties and a culture in flux, Why Not Say What Happened is enlivened by Dickstein's "Zelig-like presence at nearly every significant aesthetic and political turning of the second half of the American twentieth century" (Cynthia Ozick). Dickstein crafts memorable portraits of his own mentors and legendary teachers like Lionel Trilling, Peter Gay, F. R. Leavis, and Harold Bloom, who become inimitable role models. They provide him with a world-class understanding of how to read and nourish his burgeoning feeling for literature and history. In the tradition of classic memoirs by Alfred Kazin and Irving Howe, this frank and revealing story, at once keenly personal and broadly cultural, sheds light on the many different forms education can take.
In the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park comes the breakneck new adventure from the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly whose imaginative, cinematic thrillers make you feel like a kid again; [theyre] a blast (Booklist).It is a secret the Chinese…
In the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park comes the breakneck new adventure from the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly whose imaginative, cinematic thrillers make you feel like a kid again; [theyre] a blast (Booklist).It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have proven the existence of dragonsa landmark discovery no one could ever believe is real, and a scientific revelation that will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing findings within the greatest zoo ever constructed.A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see these fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane CJ Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that the dragons are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong.Of course it cant