Lydia Davis reads from her
The comic Lydia Davis proves that less is more, reciting multiple stories in just over two minutes.
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W. S. Merwin, accomplished poet, and his full interview with 92nd Street Y
Watch this exclusive interview of W. S. Merwin only at 92nd Street Y as he discusses his life and inspiration for his poetry.
One More Thing
by B.J. Novak
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
(On-sale by Knopf 2/4/14) is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.
A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.
Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake,
One More Thing
has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element just that might make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.
B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series "The Office" as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his stand up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" and Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks". He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.
A conversation with novelist and scholar Amadou Koné of Côte d'Ivoire.
Speaker Biography: Amadou Koné is a professor in the Department of French at Georgetown University. Koné's field of research and teaching extends from the oral literature of Africa to its modern written literature, and he has won international recognition as an author, essayist and playwright.
Live Hangout On Air with Alice Munro in Conversation with Margaret Atwood
In its enormously popular Selected Shorts live series, +Symphony Space together with +Vintage Books & Anchor Books will be honoring 2013 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Alice Munro on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 PM EST
Around 7:45, Alice Munro will make a rare live appearance via Google+ Hangout, for you and the world to see! She will be in conversation with acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood.
For Your Reading Pleasure: Read the entirety of Munro's short story
How I Met My Husband
, to be referenced tonight by Margaret Atwood, here on Scribd: http://bit.ly/LGqbbN
You'll definitely want to confirm your attendance below!
Alice Munro has published thirteen collections of stories as well as a novel,
Lives of Girls and Women
, and two volumes of
. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England's W. H. Smith Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her stories have appeared in
The New Yorker
The Atlantic Monthly
The Paris Review
, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Canada.
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to
The Handmaid's Tale
, her novels include
, short-listed for the Booker Prize;
, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy;
The Blind Assassin
, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize;
Oryx and Crake
, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize;
The Year of the Flood
; and her most recent,
. She is the recipient of the
Los Angeles Times
Innovator's Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.
The Sixth Extinction
: Elizabeth Kolbert
http://www.democracynow.org - In the history of the planet, there have been five known mass extinction events. The last came 65 million years ago, when an asteroid about half the size of Manhattan collided with the earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and bringing the Cretaceous period to an end. Scientists way we are now experiencing the sixth extinction, with up to 50 percent of all living species in danger of disappearing by the end of the century. But unlike previous extinctions, the direct cause this time is us — human-driven climate change. In
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
, journalist Elizabeth Kolbert visits four continents to document the massive "die-offs" that came millions of years ago and those now unfolding before our eyes. Kolbert explores how human activity — fossil fuel consumption, ocean acidification, pollution, deforestation, forced migration — threatens life forms of all kinds. "It is estimated that one-third of all reef-building corals, a third of all fresh-water mollusks, a third of sharks and rays, a quarter of all mammals, a fifth of all reptiles, and a sixth of all birds are headed toward oblivion," Kolbert writes. "The losses are occurring all over: in the South Pacific and in the North Atlantic, in the Arctic and the Sahel, in lakes and on islands, on mountaintops and in valleys."
Business books quarterly: Corporate culture
Is corporate culture really more important than strategy? Our correspondents discuss a new book on an important but amorphous idea. For more video content from
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Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
A discussion on the representations of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps.
Speaker Biography: Chet Van Duzer, a fellow at the John Carter Brown Library, is an independent scholar focusing on the history of cartography and historical geography, and his articles have appeared in
. His monograph on Johann Schoner's terrestrial globe of 1515 was recently published by the American Philosophical Society, and he has a book about sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps.
Jorie Graham: Selected Poems | 92Y Readings
Jorie Graham reads work that spans her career.
Ian Haney López & Heather McGhee
Demos VP Heather McGhee talks to Ian Haney López about his book
Dog Whistle Politics
and this hidden racism in today's political landscape.
In recent decades, America has witnessed an ongoing discussion about the decline of the middle class. But on a subtler level, Ian Haney López argues that throughout the decades, American politics have been the host to veiled messages about race, which has played a crucial role in the strain on middle class. Ian calls this "dog whistle politics," because the message sent about racial minorities are inaudible on one level, while simultaneously clear on another. Ian argues that it's these messages that turn the middle class against themselves, allowing a wealthy elite to divide Americans along racial lines, and steer the country towards the interests of the super-rich.
Ian is a leading historian of race in post-civil rights America, and a professor of law at UC Berkeley. With this Strand exclusive evening, Ian presents his book
Dog Whistle Politics
. Joining Ian for the evening will be Heather McGhee, Vice President of Policy & Outreach at the public policy organization Demos, and a frequent commentator on MSNBC.
Paul Auster and Isaac Gewirtz on Poe | LIVE from the NYPL
On Chekhov, Moscow and dogs in
Poet and translator Sasha Dugdale discusses the glamorous and tawdry representation of Moscow in Russian short stories. She describes the use of dogs by many writers in the collection
Author Talk: Edwidge Dandicat and Michčle Voltaire Marcelin reads from Haiti Noir 2
Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including
Breath, Eyes, Memory
, a National Book Award finalist;
The Farming of Bones
, an American Book Award winner; and
The Dew Breaker
, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the first Story Prize.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
S. Stevan Dweck Center
Rebecca Mead | LIVE from the NYPL
Recorded on Jan 29th at the New York Public Library
Watch the full 90 recording here: http://goo.gl/2gbP80
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Rebecca Mead in 7 Words*:
In the middle I hope and beginning
Great people in 7 Words: http://goo.gl/bl6HcF
A passionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and help us to read our own histories.
For Rebecca Mead, that book was George Eliot's
, which she first read as a young woman in an English coastal town, and reread regularly throughout her life. In
My Life In Middlemarch
writer revisits her own past and Eliot's work in a new way, by leading us into the life that the book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written. Employing a structure that mirrors that of the novel,
My Life in Middlemarch
blends biography, reporting, and memoir, taking the themes of Eliot's masterpiece—the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure—and bringing them into our world. Mead comes to LIVE from the NYPL to explore the enduring power of Middlemarch, and how the books we read help us read our own lives.
"Rebecca Mead has written a singular and inventive tale about her favorite book, and how it has changed — and changed her — over many years of reading and re-reading. Anyone who has ever loved the characters in a novel as dearly as we love our own families will recognize the passion, the devotion, the intimacy and the joy of returning again and again to a revered classic. Both a memoir and a biography, both an homage and a homecoming,
My Life in Middlemarch
is a perfectly composed offering of literary love and self-observation. I adored it, and it will forever live on my bookshelf next to my own precious paperbacks of George Eliot." - Elizabeth Gilbert
Rebecca Mead is a staff writer for the
and the author of
One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding
. She lives in Brooklyn.
Rookie Yearbook Two
Digital publishing wunderkind Tavi Gevinson talks with the http://lareviewofbooks.org/
about blogging, being in high-school, and "forever-y-ness".
Filmed at Skylight Books in Los Feliz by Mike Goetzman, James Simenc, and Jerry Gorin.
Lee Billings and Caleb Scharf
Science writers Lee Billings and Caleb Scharf discuss the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.
The age-old question of whether we're alone in the universe - or if other life forms thrive among the stars - gets a brand new examination from science writer Lee Billings through his book,
Five Billion Years of Solitude
. In this critically-acclaimed volume, Lee charts the history of man's quest to determine what other Earth-like planets may exist in the universe.
Joining Lee for the evening will be Caleb Scharf, director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center at Columbia University. Caleb is the author of
Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black Holes
, and is the winner of the 2011 Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award as well as a medal from the American Astronomical Society. His blog on Scientific American is called Life, Unbound.