Obsession: Dan Savage on Plaques and Trophies
Time isn't kind to objects like an "Employee of the Month" award or an "In honor of your service" plaque, which are objects meaningful to only one specific person in one specific place or time. That is, until advice-columnist Dan Savage plucks them from the bins of Goodwill and hangs them on his wall. Lots of them. On lots of walls.
Hew Strachan on war poets
Hew Strachan looks at the relationship between literature and history, with particular focus on poets and poetry.
Thomas Piketty on the history of money
The economist explains how wealth and income inequality have evolved over the past century, and why making access to education more meritocratic could help tackle both problems.
Karl Ove Knausgaard: "I'm A Very Shame-Ridden Person" | LIVE from the NYPL
Scandinavian author Karl Ove Knausgaard dissects the latest edition of his multi-volume autobiography,
, and the controversy and critical acclaim that surrounds it with
The Virgin Suicides
author Jeffrey Eugenides.
Rain Taxi talks with Lily King
Rain Taxi sat down with Lily King, author of the novel
, a story loosely based on the life of Margaret Mead. She discussed her inspiration, process, and read excerpts from her book.
Blood Will Out
Walter Kirn talks to LARB A.V. about the difference between a writer and a con man. Filmed at the 2014 LA Times Festival of Books.
The Story of Aaron Swartz: "The Internet's Own Boy" Director Q&A
"Aaron [Swartz] was on the edge, he was ahead of everybody else and that's just not a comfortable place to be," says Brian Knappenberger, a documentary filmmaker who is behind a new film about Swartz's life called "The Internet's Own Boy".
Maya Lang and David Gilbert Celebrate Bloomsday
Maya Lang and David Gilbert discuss James Joyce and his influence on their writing at this celebration Bloomsday, the annual holday honoring Joyce's Ulysees.
Katherine Angel on
An interview with Katherine Angel, author of
Unmastered: A Book On Desire, Most Difficult To Tell
The Last Magazine
: One Year After Death, Michael Hastings' Lost Novel
June 17 marked the first anniversary of the death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings.
The Last Magazine
is a posthumous novel and scathing satire of the corporate news media based on Hastings' time at
. We are joined by Hastings' widow, Elise Jordan, who brought the book to life after coming across the manuscript following her husband's death.
Trans Women Writers | Talks at Google
On June 9, 2014, Imogen Binnie, Red Durkin, Casey Plett, and Jeanne Thornton kicked off Pride Week at Google's Cambridge MA office, reading from recent works.
John Waters | LIVE from the NYPL
Filmmaker John Waters returns to LIVE with tales from his latest book,
, which chronicles his adventures hitchhiking across the U.S.
Reading and Conversation with Carmen Boullosa
Mexican poet and author Carmen Boullosa read and discussed her work.
Laura van den Berg, Steve Gunn, and Sloane Crosley at the Originals Series
The Originals Series: Sloane Crosley hosts an evening of conversation and music featuring author Laura van den Berg (
The Isle of Youth
) and Steve Gunn (of Kurt Vile and the Violators).
Danny Glover and Kathleen Cleaver on
Black Power Mixtape
Based on the film with the same name, the extraordinary new book
The Black Power Mixtape
chronicles the black freedom movement in the United States using found footage of top African-American leaders between 1967 and 1975.