Marina Keegan and THE OPPOSITE OF LONELINESS
What Conspiracy Theories Say About Us: Jesse Walker
"Political paranoia, and conspiracy theories in particular, have been a part of the United States since before there was a United States," explains
books editor Jesse Walker, author of the new book
The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory
. "Even when a conspiracy theory says absolutely nothing true about the object of the theory, if it catches on it says something true about the anxieties and the experiences about the people who believe it."
Rejecting the assumption that these beliefs are the purview of outsiders on the fringes of society, Walker details how even those at the very heart of American power — from John Quincy Adams' fear of Freemasons to LBJ's insistence that communists were stoking race riots — have held these views.
ReasonTV's Nick Gillespie sat down with Walker to discuss his book, the deep history of conspiracy theories in America, and how he became fascinated with the topic.
Jhumpa Lahiri discusses her Man Booker shortlisted novel
From Subhash's earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother's sight.
So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood and yet, as the years pass — as U.S tanks roll into Vietnam and riots sweep across India — their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. Udayan — charismatic and impulsive — finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty. He will give everything, risk all, for what he believes, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him: his newly married, pregnant wife, his brother and their parents. For all of them, the repercussions of his actions will reverberate across continents and seep through the generations that follow.
Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portrayal of lives undone and forged anew,
is a deeply felt novel of family ties that entangle and fray in ways unforeseen and unrevealed, of ties that ineluctably define who we are. With all the hallmarks of Jhumpa Lahiri's achingly poignant, exquisitely empathetic story-telling, this is her most devastating work of fiction to date.
The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress
When most researchers arrive at the Library of Congress, their journey of discovery begins in the Main Reading Room. As the home to the library's reference collections, the computer catalog center, and knowledgeable reference staff, the Main Reading Room's purpose is to make library research easily accessible to anyone with enough curiosity to pursue it. This video includes general information about the library's staff and material resources, the reader ID process, and encourages researchers to experience all that the library has to offer. Speakers include 2012 Library of Congress Junior Fellow Kristen Schumacher and Library staffers Cheryl Adams, Kathy Woodrell, Steven Davenport, Abby Yochelson, Thomas Mann, Kristi Conkle and Judy Robinson.
My Mother's Wars
http://lareviewofbooks.org/ talks with Lillian Faderman about her new book
My Mother's Wars
. Filmed at the LA Times Festival of Books at USC on April 12, 2013.
Samuel Delany & Mia Wolff discuss
Bread & Wine
Samuel Delany's revealing autobiographical love story,
Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York
, tells the story of a romance that defied social norms and brought two unlikely people together across the boundaries of class, race and convention. Delany was a successful novelist, essayist and professor, when he met Denis, a homeless man selling books on the street in Manhattan. They slowly developed a friendship that grew into a caring relationship—despite the immense differences in their lives. By turns bizarre, humorous and touching,
Bread and Wine
has garnered praise from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Edmund White and Alan Moore. Delany talks about the story with Mia Wolff, the co-creator of the graphic novel that grew out of it. Out of print for years,
Bread and Wine
has now been reissued by Fantagraphics Books.
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons
Even if you've never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has: The game has had a profound influence on our culture. Released in 1974—decades before the Internet and social media—Dungeons & Dragons is one of the original ultimate nerd subcultures, and is still revered by more than thirty million fans. Now, the authoritative history and magic of the game is revealed by an award-winning journalist and life-long dungeon master.
From its origins on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, and to its apotheosis as father of the modern video game industry,
Of Dice and Men
recounts the development of a game played by some of the most fascinating people in the world. Chronicling the surprising history of D&D's origins (one largely unknown even to hardcore players) while examining the game's profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences. An enticing blend of history, journalism, narrative, and memoir,
Of Dice and Men
sheds light on America's most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.
The Knowledge Revolution and the Future of Libraries
Ismail Serageldin speaks on the transformation of knowledge and how it will impact the future of libraries.
Claire of the Sea Light
by Edwidge Danticat book trailer
From the best-selling author of
Brother, I'm Dying
The Dew Breaker
: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing.
Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire's mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother's grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life.
But on the night of Claire's seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable,
Claire of the Sea Light
is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Edwidge Danticat's most spellbinding, astonishing book yet.
BEA 13: Amy Tan
A Conversation with Amy Tan conducted by Leigh Haber, Books Editor,
O The Oprah Magazine
. Amy talks about her forthcoming book
The Valley of Amazement
(Ecco/November '13). The interview will be followed by a short Q&A with the audience, and book signing.
Biographer, J. Michael Lennon, exposes the double life of Norman Mailer
Learn more about Norman Mailer: A Double Life at http://books.simonandschuster.com/Norman-Mailer-A-Double-Life/J-Michael-Lennon/9781439150191 Norman Mailer was one of the most celebrated public figures of his time. Lennon explains he was a novelist, journalist, biographer, and filmmaker; a provocateur and passionate observer of his times; and a husband, father, and serial philanderer.
Alissa Quart & Susan Cain discuss
Republic of Outsiders
Alissa Quart, author of
Hot House Kids
, is back with a new and insightful look at America's emerging subcultures. Now Quart, who
author Susan Cain has called, "one of the smartest cultural interpreters of her generation" is back with
Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers, and Rebels
. Tracing the increasing impact of marginal culture on America's pop mainstream—from slow food, to Indie-rock, to gender-fluid activism—Quart shows the power and promise that outsiders bring to our increasingly interconnected world. She traces the stories of specific individuals and shows the enormous impact they have through what she calls " identity innovation," proving in the process that being "weird" can be a source of strength. Join us for an evening for exciting discussion about the changes taking place in our culture today!
Susan Cain joins Alissa Quart, for this very special conversation in our rare book room.
Amazon: Interview with Jonathan Lethem
Jonathan Lethem discusses his new novel,
, his long-distance affection for New York City, and his obsession with New York Review Books Classics.
Goodreads: The Book Thief (Official Trailer #1 2013)
While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Cris Beam & Adam Davidson
Cris Beam, noted author and public school teacher explores the troubled world of the foster care system in her new book,
To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
. Beam, a foster parent herself, examines the lives of children raised in the foster care system from birth through adulthood, while looking at the history of the foster care system and the often conflicted emotions surrounding it. She proposes new ways mend the system, and fresh perspectives at what it is we seek in "family."
To The End of June
has been called "sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family."
Joining Cris is Adam Davidson, co-founder and co-host of NPR's Planet Money, a co-production of This American Life. Before Planet Money, Adam was the International Business and Economics Correspondent for NPR.
Pico Iyer | LIVE from the NYPL
In conversation with Paul Holdengräber, Pico Iyer will unravel the mysterious communion he has always had with Graham Greene, illuminated now in
The Man Within My Head
. Iyer, at home nowhere, will examine the nature of his elective affinities with Greene—their shared restlessness and refusal to make a home in any faith, country or category.
Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and eight works of non-fiction, including
Video Night in Kathmandu
The Lady and the Monk
The Global Soul
The Open Road
. He writes frequently for
The New York Review of Books
The New York Times
and many other publications; his most recent articles have discussed the workers of the Fukushima nuclear plant, the power of stillness and the fiction of Somalia.