Margaret Atwood on writing and tweeting
The author discusses her latest book
, ancient humans in Australia and the joys of Twitter.
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Brooklyn by the Book: Svetlana Alexievich
Brooklyn by the Book: Svetlana Alexievich Featured Event Sunday, June 12, 2016
Michael Eric Dyson on the Black Presidency
Michael Eric Dyson is one of our nation’s premier intellectuals and a staunch defender of civil discourse. Nowhere is this more evident than in his keen-eyed view of the Obama presidency. By turns heralding and lambasting, Dyson follows the President’s navigation of race and racism in America—including the national crisis spawned by the traumatic killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and others. Now with his long-awaited book, "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America," Dyson returns to Chicago to discuss the meaning of America’s first black presidency. Dyson will be joined in conversation by Laura Washington, columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and political analyst for ABC-7 Chicago.
Greil Marcus: "Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations"
Greil Marcus has been one of the most distinctive voices in American music criticism for over forty years. His books, including Mystery Train and The Shape of Things to Come, traverse soundscapes of folk and blues, rock and punk, attuning readers to the surprising, often hidden affinities between the music and broader streams of American politics and culture.
Drawn from Marcus’s 2013 Massey Lectures at Harvard, his new work delves into three episodes in the history of American commonplace song: Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s 1928 “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground,” Geeshie Wiley’s 1930 “Last Kind Words Blues,” and Bob Dylan’s 1964 “Ballad of Hollis Brown.” How each of these songs manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one illuminates different aspects of the commonplace song tradition. Some songs truly did come together over time without an identifiable author. Others draw melodies and motifs from obscure sources but, in the hands of a particular artist, take a final, indelible shape. And, as in the case of Dylan’s “Hollis Brown,” there are songs that were written by a single author but that communicate as anonymous productions, as if they were folk songs passed down over many generations.
Dan Savage & Esther Perel: "Love, Marriage & Monogamy" | Talks at Google
Googler Logan Ury talks to author and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, as well as "Mating In Captivity" author Esther Perel, in the fifth of our Modern Romance talks. They discuss infidelity, new models for marriage, abstinence-only sex education, and monogamy.
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
FEMINIST FIGHT CLUB by Jessica Bennett, coming September 2016
Maria Konnikova & Brian Koppelman | The Confidence Game
Join Maria Konnikova, bestselling author and New Yorker columnist, as she looks into The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time. From Melville to The Usual Suspects to Bernie Madoff, the art of the con in fact and fiction remains enduringly fascinating. Learn the ins and outs of why we’re wired to get roped in, fleeced, and spun back out, from one of our leading psychological storytellers.
Maria is joined in conversation by filmmaker, producer, and writer Brian Koppelman, whose work on the screenplay for Ocean’s Thirteen places him squarely in the lineage of the con-fascinated.
"Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X"
History Professor Randy Roberts examines the public and private relationship between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali.
Laszlo Krasznahorkai and Salman Rushdie
A rare US appearance by László Krasznahorkai—the “contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse,” wrote Susan Sontag. Winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize, Krasznahorkai is author of The Melancholy of Resistance, Satantango and Seiobo There Below. His new collection of nonfiction is Destruction and Sorrow Beneath the Heavens: Reportage.
He is joined by one of his biggest local admirers, Salman Rushdie, whose new novel, Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, is set in a New York of the near future made strange after a massive storm. “He is rare and magical writer,” wrote Michael Chabon.
The writers will be introduced by Valeria Luiselli, who will also interview them after their readings. Luiselli's new novel is The Story of My Teeth, which is "playful, attentive and very smart without being for a minute pretentious," wrote The New York Times. "She is an exciting writer to watch, not only for this book, but also for the fresh approach she brings to fiction, one that invites participation and reaction, even skepticism—a living, breathing map."
Annette Gordon Reed & Peter Onuf, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs"
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed and Jefferson scholar Peter Onuf examine the intellectual maturation of Thomas Jefferson in their book, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination."
Andrew Solomon, PEN America Gala 2016
Andrew Solomon remarks at the 2016 PEN America Gala
After Words with Mary Frances Berry, "Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich"
Fmr. U.S. Civil Rights Commission Chair Mary Frances Berry loks at illegal voting practices in her book, "Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich." She is interviewed by Spencer Overton, President of the Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies.
Helen DeWitt's First Time | My First Time | The Paris Review
Helen DeWitt discusses her first novel, “The Last Samurai.” Part of “The Paris Review”'s “My First Time” video interview series.
Virginia Heffernan Explains Why the Internet is Actually a Work of Art
In MAGIC AND LOSS, Virginia Heffernan reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet.
Asian American Literature Today: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen read from his new novel, "The Sympathizer," and participated in a moderated discussion with Mimi Khùc of the University of Maryland.
Patrick deWitt | Oct 18, 2015 | Atrium
Patrick deWitt’s sophomore title The Sisters Brothers won the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was nominated for that year’s Man Booker and Scotiabank Giller Prize. DeWitt appears in conversation with the Globe and Mail's Jared Bland on his new novel UnderMajorDomo Minor. Presented in partnership with The Walrus.