Rebecca Goldstein, Authors@Google
Goldstein returns to Google, this time with Plato, to talk about her new book.
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Naomi Shihab Nye on What Inspires Her Poetry
At the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington D.C., Academy Chancellor Naomi Shihab Nye joined us for a conversation about poetry and the poet's role in American culture today.
John Darnielle | Wolf In White Van
Celebrating the debut novel of the man behind the
, John Darnielle’s
Wolf In White Van!
He talks about the novel, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, and like his greatest songs, explores the inner life of a desperate character.
Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation, Akerlof & Shiller
Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material well-being, as if by an invisible hand. In Phishing for Phools, Nobel Prize–winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller deliver a fundamental challenge to this insight, arguing that markets harm as well as help us. As long as there is profit to be made, sellers will systematically exploit our psychological weaknesses and our ignorance through manipulation and deception. Rather than being essentially benign and always creating the greater good, markets are inherently filled with tricks and traps and will “phish” us as “phools.”
Fracture: Joy-Ann Reid on Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide
In the new book, "Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide," MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid looks at the history of race relations in the U.S. while tracing the political shifts in the Democratic Party through the relationship between the Clintons and Obama. "The fundamental question that the Democratic Party has faced over the last 50 years is what to do with Johnson’s legacy, whether to run away from it, which the party by and large did, really spearheaded by Bill Clinton, who really shifted the party to the right, as a corrective to what I think a lot of party leaders saw as the electoral consequences of embracing so much social change,” Reid said. Reid was the host of MSNBC’s "The Reid Report" and a press aide in the final stretch of Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008.
Greg Proops & John Fugelsang | The Smartest Book in the World
Greg Proops chats with John Fugelsang about his new book,
The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool
The Secrets of Book Publishing Panel
Author Sue Shapiro hosts an illuminating panel called "The Secrets of Book Publishing" in honor of her new novel, What's Never Said. Join a panel of top editors, agents, and authors as they talk about the publishing industry.
Asian American Literature Today: AA Lettres Fellows
A panel discussion among writers Ocean Vuong, Cathy Linh Che and Eugenia Leigh on the state of Asian-American literature.
Frédéric Lenoir & Alexandra Schwartz | Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
Philospher Frédéric Lenoir discusses happiness with The New Yorker's Alexandra Schwartz.
Davie de Sola introduces Alice in Chains: The Untold Story for Thomas Dunne
Before Nirvana and Pearl Jam, there was Alice in Chains. One of the most successful bands to come out of Seattle, their pioneering sound mixed grunge and metal in ways that continue to influence artists today. In the first biography ever written about the band, acclaimed journalist David de Sola goes beyond secrets, rumor, and gossip to tell their story. Based on a wealth of interviews with nearly everyone connected to the band, de Sola brings the band and its enigmatic members to life, exploring their rise to fame, behind-the-scenes conflicts and hijinks, the loss of two of their original members to drugs, and the resurrection of the band with new lead singer William DuVall.
Fernando Pessoa: An Englishly Portuguese, Endlessly Multiple Poet
Richard Zenith presented a lecture on Fernando Pessoa, one of Portugal's most important literary figures of the 20th century and a towering figure in modernism.
Claudia A Banks for the Banned Books Week 2015 Virtual Read Out!
During the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, SAGE and the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom co-sponsored a Virtual Read-Out booth. Enjoy these videos featuring readings from librarians and library goers from across the country and the world!
Quraysh Ali Lansana: The Walmart Republic
Quraysh Ali Lansana stops by the Academy of American Poets to discuss his latest book of poems,
The Walmart Republic
, cowritten by Christopher Stewart.
Astra Taylor on Taking Back Power in the Age of Networks
The Internet is said to be a space of democratic expression and transformation, both culturally and politically. But how true is that claim? What are some of the economic, technical, and legal obstacles in place? Drawing from her recent book, "The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age," and her experience as an artist and an activist, Astra Taylor — filmmaker, writer, and political organizer — addresses campaigns by musicians against streaming services and debtors against creditors to reflect on the larger question of how to organize and leverage change in an age of virtual networks — be they networks of cultural distribution or financial ones.
Jeff Nunokawa & Rebecca Mead | Note Book
Princeton English professor Jeff Nunokawa is somewhat of an essayist phenomenon, having posted a few contemplative thoughts in the Notes section of his Facebook page every single morning since 2007. Join Strand and Jeff in an exclusive celebration of this truly unique distillation of the 250 best posts, titled Note Book!
In conversation with Jeff is Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch, who called Note Book “a strange and enduring wonder.”
A Look Inside GILLIAMESQUE by Terry Gilliam
The screenwriter, innovative animator, highly acclaimed visionary film director, and only non-British member of Monty Python offers an intimate glimpse into his world in this fascinating memoir illustrated with hand-drawn sketches, notes, and memorabilia from his personal archive.