Amanda Ripley: 2014 National Book Festival
New York Times
best-seller "The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way" (Simon & Schuster), Ripley questions what it is like to be a child in the world's new "education superpowers" as she follows three Americans embedded in the culture of education in Finland, South Korea and Poland for one year.
Claudia Rankine at the Loft
Claudia Rankine, Graywolf author of the award-winning collection
, read at the Loft on January 30, 2015.
Ezra Klein, Vox.com | Media Talks at Google
Ezra Klein, Editor in-Chief for Vox.com, comes to Google to discuss the intersection of technology and news. If news stories were re-invented today, what would they look like? How would technology help facilitate the creation and distribution of stories?
Jamaica Kincaid on writing, her life, and
The New Yorker
Born in Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid arrived in the United States as a seventeen-year-old au pair. Working her way through college, she eventually became a staff writer at the
and one of our most renowned novelists. Her Caribbean birthplace continues to inspire her fiction, from "Annie John" and "Lucy" to "Mr. Potter" and "See Now Then."
Wallace Shawn: Playwright
Provocative and intellectually demanding, the plays of Wallace Shawn are as multifaceted and enigmatic as the man himself, known to many from his roles as an actor ('My Dinner with Andre', 'Manhattan', 'The Princess Bride').
Poetry as Enchantment
Dana Gioia discusses the relationship between poetry and music and explore the ways in which poetry achieves its special expressive power.
Elizabeth Wurtzel & David Samuels |
Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of
, chats about her new book
with journalist David Samuels.
: An Evening of Reading and Conversation
Molly Crabapple, Justin Vivian Bond, John Guare, Ayana Mathis, Eileen Myles, Dina Salah Amer, Andrew Solomon, and Lili Taylor took the stage to read Mohamadou Ould Slahi's
—a book Mark Danner called the "most profound account yet written of what it is like to be the collateral damage of the United State’s War on Terror." A conversation also took place between the book's editor Larry Siems and Nancy Hollander, a lead attorney for Slahi, moderated by Philip Gourevitch.
Talking Music with Sasha Frere-Jones
Writer and musician Sasha Frere-Jones has been a staff writer and the pop music critic for the New Yorker since 2004. Nearly every review delivers a remarkable history lesson, as he smartly and seamlessly provides context for the most current artists by looking back and sideways at musical precursors and multiple genres. Joined by art and music curator John Corbett, Frere-Jones uses his musician’s ear to explain how and why the music we love works—or doesn’t.
Michelle Tea & Saeed Jones |
How to Grow Up
In her gutsy new memoir
How to Grow Up
, Michelle Tea describes the process of becoming a full-fledged adult while living in San Francisco—from the less-than-sanitary communal living spaces, drugs and alcohol to responsibility, health and self-awareness.
Kazuo Ishiguro on his new novel,
The Buried Giant
"Kazuo Ishiguro is a remarkable novelist, both for the quality of his work—because his novels share a careful precise approach to language and to character—and because he does not ever write the same novel, or even the same type of novel, twice." —Neil Gaiman
Martin Wolf on Radical Reform for the Global Financial System
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the
, joins R. Glenn Hubbard, dean and professor at Columbia's University's Graduate School of Business, to discuss the state of the world economy following the financial crisis.
Charles Wright Inaugural Reading as Poet Laureate
Charles Wright gives his inaugural reading as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress.
MASTERPIECE | Wolf Hall: First Look | PBS
Get a first look at the new series starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and Claire Foy in this extended preview.
, based on the books by Hilary Mantel, airs in 6 episodes, beginning April 5th, 2015 at a special time—10pm ET, on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #WolfHallPBS
David Duchovny on What Inspired
A rollicking, globe-trotting adventure with a twist: a four-legged heroine you won’t soon forget.