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Micah White | Mar 17, 2016 | Appel Salon
Micah White is the award-winning activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street, a global social movement, while an editor of Adbusters magazine. His essays and interviews on the future of protest have been published in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian Weekly and Folha de São Paulo. With NOW Magazine’s Susan Cole.
Historian Peter Linebaugh
Sunday is May Day, and organizers and activists across the United States are planning celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the massive May Day marches of 2006. That year, more than 1.5 million people took to the streets to support workers’ and immigrant rights. It was one of the largest days of protest in the country’s history. Now we look at a new book by historian Peter Linebaugh entitled "The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day." Linebaugh is the author of many books, including "The Many-Headed Hydra" and "The Magna Carta Manifesto." Historian Robin D. G. Kelley has said of Linebaugh: "There is not a more important historian living today. Period."
Wayne Pacelle introduces The Humane Economy at University Book Store
Beyond just avoiding products tested on animals and not wearing fur, in today's modern economy, more and more of the decisions we make—in business and in daily life—can make a difference in the fight against animal exploitation. In his new book, Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, offers a fascinating look at the economic revolution going on as increasingly diverse fields of business are beginning to pay serious attention to animal welfare. To learn more about the changes that are already transforming our economy and how we can each make an impact on animal welfare—from supporting local farming to become aware of products that compromise wild animal habitats—watch this video and pick up a copy of Wayne's book at University Book Store.
Elaine Showalter, "The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography"
Elaine Showalter recalls the life of suffragist and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), whose accomplishments included the authorship of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Tamara Draut & Bob Herbert | Sleeping Giant
Demos and Strand Books invite you to a timely and lively discussion between Demos’ Tamara Draut, author of the new book Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America, and Bob Herbert, former New York Times columnist and a Demos fellow as well.
Draut and Herbert will discuss the struggles, politics and burgeoning power of the new working class. With an eye towards our upcoming presidential election, and its impact on America’s working families, Draut and Herbert will explore how these fearless workers are shifting the political landscape.
Sleeping Giant is the first major examination of the new working class and the role it will play in our economic and political future. The book explores how the new working class — both more female and more racially diverse than its predecessors — faces major obstacles and opportunities in reclaiming the political power that defined the industrial working class. The stakes are high: Restoring the political and economic power of today’s working class, Draut argues, is the best path to securing all of our economic futures. Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, called the book a “thorough and lively report on the ‘new working class’ that inhabits our ‘bargain basement economy.’”
Tamara Draut is Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos, a national think tank headquartered in New York City, and the author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead.
Bob Herbert is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and a member of Common Cause's National Governing Board. He wrote for the New York Times for over twenty years, and was the recipient of the Meyer Berger Award and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for distinguished newspaper writing. He is the author of Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America and Promises Betrayed: Waking Up from the American Dream.
In "Radical" New Book, StoryCorps Honors the Voices of Unsung U.S. Workers
In a Democracy Now! special, we spend the hour with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, discussing his new book, "Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work." Over the last 12 years, StoryCorps has gathered the largest single collection of human voices. In 2003, the first StoryCorps recording booth opened in New York City’s Grand Central Station. Since then, a quarter of a million of people have recorded interviews with their loved ones through StoryCorps. The new book is a remarkable collection of stories from the heart of the American workforce: teachers, social workers, public defenders, deli workers, plant supervisors and beyond. They include stories by dreamers, healers, philosophers and groundbreakers. "This is kind of a radical book," Isay says. "There’s no billionaires, there’s no millionaires, there’s no celebrities, there’s no professional athletes, but to me these are really the stories of work that matter."
A.O. Scott: "Better Living Through Criticism" | Talks at Google
Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight and warm humor, Scott shows that while individual critics—himself included—can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn't, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence.
Using his own film criticism as a starting point—everything from his infamous dismissal of the international blockbuster The Avengers to his intense affection for Pixar's animated Ratatouille—Scott expands outward, easily guiding readers through the complexities of Rilke and Shelley, the origins of Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones, the power of Marina Abramovich and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn.' Drawing on the long tradition of criticism from Aristotle to Susan Sontag, Scott shows that real criticism was and always will be the breath of fresh air that allows true creativity to thrive. "The time for criticism is always now," Scott explains, "because the imperative to think clearly, to insist on the necessary balance of reason and passion, never goes away."
Charlie Jane Anders: "All the Birds in the Sky" | Talks at Google
Author and Editor in Chief of io9, Charlie Jane Anders, comes to Google to talk about her latest novel, "All the Birds in the Sky."
Synopsis: Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.
But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together—to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.
A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.
About the Author: Charlie Jane Anders is the editor-in-chief of io9.com, the extraordinarily popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Her Tor.com story "Six Months, Three Days" won the 2013 Hugo Award and was subsequently picked up for development into a NBC television series. She has also had fiction published by Tin House, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Lightspeed, and ZYZZYVA. Her debut novel, the mainstream Choir Boy, won the 2006 Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Edmund White Award. She hosts the long-running literary event Writers With Drinks.
2016 Pen World Voices Festival–Opening Night: The Drug Edition
For this flagship event, leading international authors share their philosophical inquiries into our society’s need for mind-altering drugs and the all-too-human desire to escape reality. A look at the highs and lows of the multibillion-dollar drug industry.
Jacqueline Jones LaMon On What It Means To Be A Poet
Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of the poetry collections Last Seen (2011), winner of the Felix Pollak Poetry Prize, and Gravity, U.S.A. (2006), winner of the Quercus Review Poetry Series Award. She is the president of Cave Canem, America’s leading Black poetry organization, committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.
"The Assassination Complex": Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald
As the Obama administration prepares to release for the first time the number of people it believes it has killed in drone strikes in countries that lie outside of conventional war zones, we look at a new book out today that paints a very different picture of the U.S. drone program. "The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program" is written by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, and based on leaked government documents provided by a whistleblower. The documents undermine government claims that drone strikes have been precise. Part of the book looks at a program called Operation Haymaker in northeastern Afghanistan. During one five-month period, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. The book is based on articles published by The Intercept last year. It also includes new contributions from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and The Intercept’s Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald. We speak with Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald.
Carrie Brownstein, "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl"
Carrie Brownstein, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl”
Poet and Author Randall Horton On His Life, Teaching
Randall Horton, author of the poetry collections Pitch Dark Anarchy (2013) and The Definition of Place (2006), is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Bea González Poetry Prize. His memoir, Hook (2015), explores his downward spiral from student to drug addict, cocaine smuggler, and incarcerated felon. Upon release from prison Horton earned a Ph.D. in English at UAlbany.
Elena Ferrante in Translation
What are we missing when we read a work in translation? Ann Goldstein is the only literary translator who has been entrusted with bringing the words of Ms. Ferrante's Neapolitan novels to English readers.
Douglas Rushkoff Deconstructs the Digital Economy
Digital technology was supposed to usher in a new age of endless prosperity, but so far it has been used to put industrial capitalism on steroids, with Internet startups selling for billions, but destroying more jobs than they create, extracting more cash from circulation than they put in, and disrupting entire marketplaces and neighborhoods in the process.
Douglas Rushkoff, the author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, will explain what went wrong, and how to optimize our economy for distributed prosperity instead of mindless growth.