On the Road
A new edition of Jack Kerouac's classic novel,
On the Road
, jazzed-up for the app age.
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Poet Peg Boyers reads several new poems (2015)
Peg Boyers spent her adolescence in Venice, Italy, which is the subject of her poetry collection To Forget Venice (2014). Boyers’ earlier collections include Honey With Tobacco (2007), and Hard Bread (2002). She teaches creative writing at Skidmore College and the NYS Summer Writers Institute, and is executive editor of Salmagundi.
Great Minds: Greg Grandin - Kissinger continues to fascinate and appall
Conversations w/Great Minds: Greg Grandin, Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman/History Department-NY University joins Thom. Besides Richard Nixon - the president he served as both National Security Advisor and Secretary of State - there is probably no more controversial modern American political figure than Henry Kissinger. Reviled on the left and admired by many on the right - his legacy is to this day the subject of fierce debate. But whether you love him or hate him - there's one thing most people agree about when it comes to Henry Kissinger - that he's the ultimate cold and calculating statesman - a man of realpolitik. That’s the stereotype - at least.
Lori Kenschaft: "Gender Inequality" | Talks at Google
Lori Kenschaft visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to discuss the book she co-authored, ""Gender Inequality in Our Changing World: A Comparative Approach".
The book focuses on the contemporary U.S. while placing it in international and historical context and emphasizing the theme of change. It deals with the questions such as: Where does gender inequality come from? How has it changed, both in the U.S. and globally? What makes it change? How is it related to other forms of inequality? Where might it be headed in the future?
Lori Kenschaft has taught American history and gender studies at Boston University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gender Inequality in Our Changing World, co-authored with two sociologists, is her third book.
Kluge Center Panel: 2015 National Book Festival
Manuel Castells, Morton Kondracke & Julia G. Young discuss their work on a panel celebrating the 15th anniversary of the John W. Kluge Center at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
The Civic Responsibility of the Poet in America Today
At the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington D.C., Academy Chancellors Jane Hirshfield, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Naomi Shihab Nye joined us for a conversation about poetry and the poet's role in American culture today.
Elaine Kamarck, "Primary Politics"
Brookings Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck discusses her book "Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates," which looks at the the primary nominating process and how it has changed from 1968 to present time.
Pete Hamill with Jonathan Schwartz
On the eve of the anniversary of Sinatra’s 100th birthday (Dec 12) and with a new look and introduction Pete Hamill evokes the essence of Sinatra in Why Sinatra Matters examining his art and legend from the inside, as only a friend of many years could do.
Shaped by Prohibition, the Depression and war, Francis Albert Sinatra became the troubadour of the 20th Century enabling millions of others to tell their own stories through his songs. Hamill enlightens us about this enormously talented and often controversial figure who was a man of his time. Writer and Radio host Jonathan Schwartz who for decades has been radio’s foremost explicator of Frank Sinatra and was acknowledged by Sinatra himself to be his best-informed fan, joins him in conversation.
The Way We Think about Work Is Broken | Barry Schwartz
What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.
Rainn Wilson introduces The Bassoon King at University Book Store
Celebrated for his quirky, comedic talent and best known for his role as our favorite workplace nemesis, The Office's Dwight Schrute, Rainn Wilson has channeled his singular perspective into characters with fans around the globe, tweets with millions of followers, and a one-of-a-kind media company (SoulPancake). In his fascinating, hilarious, and profound new memoir, Wilson chronicles his journey from band geek to comedy king—covering everything from his nerdy youth and his struggles as a young actor to his adventures on The Office and his reconnection with the artistic and creative values of the Bahá'í faith.
Literary Swag Book Club | Between the World and Me
The LiterarySwag Book Club is a monthly meeting of interested people who want to have honest conversations about really good books. It will be held once a month in the Rare Book Room and will be moderated by Yahdon Israel, founder of the LiterarySwag movement. LiterarySwag's mission is to create a culture that simultaneously celebrates literature and style by fostering a community, connecting book and fashion lovers to each other in ways that weren’t previously possible.
The inaugural book club meeting begins with a conversation on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me.
Liz Goldwyn & Sadie Stein | Sporting Guide: Los Angeles, 1897
Best-selling author, filmmaker, fashion editor and artist Liz Goldwyn supports her story collection, Sporting Guide: Los Angeles, 1897—a historical fiction inspired by the 1890s Los Angeles demimonde, where real consumer guides were printed (think Zagat and Yelp!) for making acquaintance with ladies of the night.
Liz is by the Paris Review’s Sadie Stein.
Sasha Abramsky & Robin Blackburn | The House of Twenty Thousand Books
After chronicling The American Way of Poverty and writing on politics at home and abroad for the New Yorker, Atlantic, Village Voice, and many others, Sasha Abramsky turns his keen eye on his own grandfather in The House of Twenty Thousand Books. A Jewish historian, a socialist, a collector (hence the pentadactylic hoard of the title), Chimen Abramsky’s long life in the short twentieth century (and into the twenty-first) is vividly chronicled and analyzed by Sasha in this tale of a lost leftist.
Sasha is joined in conversation by Robin Blackburn, former editor of the New Left Review and professor at the New School and the University of Essex.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty with Alan Light
The creative force behind American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty wrote, sang and produced their instantly recognizable classics “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Born in the Bayou” and more.
Join him as he discusses his new memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, and hear about his epic journey from his Northern California roots, CCR’s incredible success in the ’60s and ’70s, his retreat from music and public life to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.
Jena Lee Nardella at University Book Store - Seattle
Ten years ago, Jena Lee Nardella, a fresh-out-of-college twenty-something, decided she wanted to save the world. Since joining with the band Jars of Clay to found the nonprofit Blood:Water, Nardella has helped provide clean water for more than one million people in Africa, healthcare for over 62,00 people in HIV affected areas, and more. In her new memoir, Nardella shares her journey over the last ten years, offering a fresh, honest, and intelligent perspective of what it looks like to continue to fight for your dreams and love the world even amidst harsh realities, brokenness, and corruption.
After Words with Eddie Glaude, "Democracy in Black"
Professor Eddie Glaude discusses the state of black America and the way for America to move forward in his book, "Democracy in Black." He is interviewed by Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League.