Larry Fink and Gerald Stern on
The Googlization of Everything
Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, discusses his book
The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry)
at South by Southwest.
Everything and More:
The Pale King
by David Foster Wallace
From the 2011 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, a discussion about David Foster Wallace's unfinished novel,
The Pale King
Frank O'Hara reads "Having a Coke with You"
Frank O'Hara gives a spirited reading of his poem celebrating New York City, love, and art. "I look / at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world / except possibly for the
occasionally and anyway it's in the Frick."
Dale Peck interviews Abdellah Taļa
From the 2011 PEN World Voices Festival, Dale Peck interviews Abdellah Taļa, one of Morocco's most talented writers. They discuss identity, gender, and sexuality in the vastly different sociopolitical contexts of contemporary New York City and Morocco.
The Next Decade in Book Culture
From the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature: A conversation about the new power of the book review and the emergence of a unique reader experience in the age of the digital revolution, featuring Morris Dickstein, Carsten Jensen, Cynthia Ozick, and Hervé Le Tellier; moderated by Jane Ciabattari.
Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History
by Carmela Ciuraru
George Eliot, Fernando Pessoa, Claire Morgan, and others are profiled and analyzed in Carmela Ciuraru's entertaining new biographical study of writers who used pseudonyms.
Tin House Magazine's 10th Anniversary
Highlights from Tin House Magazine's 10th Anniversary celebration, hosted by Colson Whitehead. The evening included performances and readings by Aimee Bender, Michael Dickman, Matthew Dickman, Dorothy Allison, and Steve Almond, and a conversation with publisher Win McCormack and editor Rob Spillman.
Program or Be Programmed
by Douglas Rushkoff
The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: it's here; it's everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it?
The Free World
David Bezmozgis read the first chapter of his new novel,
The Free World
, the story of a family of Jewish refugees in late-70s Rome.
Musician and writer Kristin Hersh talks about her memoir,
, based on a diary she kept as a teenager.
Luc Sante on Folk Photography
Writer and critic Luc Sante explains how he started collecting postcards thirty years ago and reads the introduction to his book,
Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard, 1905–1930
Daniel Domscheit-Berg explains why he wrote
, a tell-all about his time at the website and his stormy relationship with founder Julian Assange.
Authors and Audiences
A writer spends considerable time envisaging his or her readers. But as a manuscript makes its way across the editorial labyrinth—through the hands of editors, agents, publishers and booksellers—the imagined readers become elusive. Editor and author Albert Mobilio leads a fascinating panel discussion exploring the wide gulf between a writer's desired audience and the readers they ultimately find.
Fear the Boom and Bust
In Fear the Boom and Bust, John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek, two of the great economists of the 20th century, come back to life to attend an economics conference on the economic crisis. Before the conference begins, and at the insistence of Lord Keynes, they go out for a night on the town and sing about why there's a "boom and bust" cycle in modern economies and good reason to fear it.
Steve Coll on the bin Laden Family
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
, Steve Coll discusses his most recent book,
The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century