Book trailer for Murakami's 1Q84
Haruki Murakami's soon-to-be-released dystopian opus,
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2016 Pen World Voices Festival–Opening Night: The Drug Edition
For this flagship event, leading international authors share their philosophical inquiries into our society’s need for mind-altering drugs and the all-too-human desire to escape reality. A look at the highs and lows of the multibillion-dollar drug industry.
Carrie Brownstein, "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl"
Carrie Brownstein, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl”
Loft Mentor Series: Sagirah Shahid
On April 28, 2016 the Loft Mentor Series continued with participants Kasey Payette and Sagirah Shahid with mentor Cristina Henriquez. Here, Sagirah Shahid reads.
Elaine Showalter, "The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography"
Elaine Showalter recalls the life of suffragist and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), whose accomplishments included the authorship of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Laura van den Berg | The Other Daughter
The Strand hosted the Writers Studio in their celebration of the Kenyon Review. As part of the celebration, renowned authors and poets gathered in the Rare Book Room to read from their works.
Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned an MFA from Emerson College. Her first collection of stories, "What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us", was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her novel "Find Me" was longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas prize. Her stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, O'Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and volume 24 of the Pushcart Prize. She is a recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Van den Berg joined the Writers Studio in celebrating the Kenyon Review by reading from her short story "The Other Daughter", published in the July/Aug 2015 volume of the Kenyon Review.
"The Assassination Complex": Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald
As the Obama administration prepares to release for the first time the number of people it believes it has killed in drone strikes in countries that lie outside of conventional war zones, we look at a new book out today that paints a very different picture of the U.S. drone program. "The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program" is written by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, and based on leaked government documents provided by a whistleblower. The documents undermine government claims that drone strikes have been precise. Part of the book looks at a program called Operation Haymaker in northeastern Afghanistan. During one five-month period, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. The book is based on articles published by The Intercept last year. It also includes new contributions from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and The Intercept’s Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald. We speak with Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald.
Wayne Pacelle introduces The Humane Economy at University Book Store
Beyond just avoiding products tested on animals and not wearing fur, in today's modern economy, more and more of the decisions we make—in business and in daily life—can make a difference in the fight against animal exploitation. In his new book, Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, offers a fascinating look at the economic revolution going on as increasingly diverse fields of business are beginning to pay serious attention to animal welfare. To learn more about the changes that are already transforming our economy and how we can each make an impact on animal welfare—from supporting local farming to become aware of products that compromise wild animal habitats—watch this video and pick up a copy of Wayne's book at University Book Store.
A.O. Scott: "Better Living Through Criticism" | Talks at Google
Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight and warm humor, Scott shows that while individual critics—himself included—can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn't, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence.
Using his own film criticism as a starting point—everything from his infamous dismissal of the international blockbuster The Avengers to his intense affection for Pixar's animated Ratatouille—Scott expands outward, easily guiding readers through the complexities of Rilke and Shelley, the origins of Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones, the power of Marina Abramovich and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn.' Drawing on the long tradition of criticism from Aristotle to Susan Sontag, Scott shows that real criticism was and always will be the breath of fresh air that allows true creativity to thrive. "The time for criticism is always now," Scott explains, "because the imperative to think clearly, to insist on the necessary balance of reason and passion, never goes away."
Poet and Author Randall Horton On His Life, Teaching
Randall Horton, author of the poetry collections Pitch Dark Anarchy (2013) and The Definition of Place (2006), is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Bea González Poetry Prize. His memoir, Hook (2015), explores his downward spiral from student to drug addict, cocaine smuggler, and incarcerated felon. Upon release from prison Horton earned a Ph.D. in English at UAlbany.
Geraldine Brooks | Oct 16, 2015 | Appel Salon
The Pulitzer Prize winner on the trials and triumphs of King David in The Secret Chord. With Toronto Life's Sarah Fulford.
In "Radical" New Book, StoryCorps Honors the Voices of Unsung U.S. Workers
In a Democracy Now! special, we spend the hour with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, discussing his new book, "Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work." Over the last 12 years, StoryCorps has gathered the largest single collection of human voices. In 2003, the first StoryCorps recording booth opened in New York City’s Grand Central Station. Since then, a quarter of a million of people have recorded interviews with their loved ones through StoryCorps. The new book is a remarkable collection of stories from the heart of the American workforce: teachers, social workers, public defenders, deli workers, plant supervisors and beyond. They include stories by dreamers, healers, philosophers and groundbreakers. "This is kind of a radical book," Isay says. "There’s no billionaires, there’s no millionaires, there’s no celebrities, there’s no professional athletes, but to me these are really the stories of work that matter."
Citizen University: Eric Liu
Eric Liu wants us to find our civic voice, and he’s pushing us to look beyond the ballot box. The founder and CEO of Citizen University, an organization dedicated to fostering a stronger culture of citizenship, Liu explores the broad field of civic participation – politics, business, arts and culture, technology, and beyond. Liu has explored transcultural experience as a first-generation American in "A Chinaman’s Chance" and "The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker." He is a veteran of the Clinton White House, a regular contributor to CNN, and a prominent voice in contemporary debates about how America can reimagine its civic ideals.
Jacqueline Jones LaMon On What It Means To Be A Poet
Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of the poetry collections Last Seen (2011), winner of the Felix Pollak Poetry Prize, and Gravity, U.S.A. (2006), winner of the Quercus Review Poetry Series Award. She is the president of Cave Canem, America’s leading Black poetry organization, committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.
Michael Cunningham and Ilya Danishevsky: A Literary Discussion (Part 1)
Michael Cunningham and Ilya Danishevsky discuss homosexuality, media, literature, books, public opinion, censorship and the violence of everyday life in Russia.
Historian Peter Linebaugh
Sunday is May Day, and organizers and activists across the United States are planning celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the massive May Day marches of 2006. That year, more than 1.5 million people took to the streets to support workers’ and immigrant rights. It was one of the largest days of protest in the country’s history. Now we look at a new book by historian Peter Linebaugh entitled "The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day." Linebaugh is the author of many books, including "The Many-Headed Hydra" and "The Magna Carta Manifesto." Historian Robin D. G. Kelley has said of Linebaugh: "There is not a more important historian living today. Period."