The Writer's Secret Life
From UC Berkeley, a panel discussion on "The Writer's Secret Life: Rejection, Woundedness, Inspiration," featuring author Joyce Carol Oates, professor Dorothy Hale, lecturer Vikram Chandra,
The Threepenny Review
editor Wendy Lesser; moderated by Anthony Cascardi.
Ai Weiwei on corruption in China
The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose blog rants were recently published in the US, was seized by police in Beijing in early April. Anyone wondering why he's being held by the government should go directly to this video of an incendiary 2009 talk he gave in Shanghai.
Frank O'Hara reads "Having a Coke with You"
Frank O'Hara gives a spirited reading of his poem celebrating New York City, love, and art. "I look / at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world / except possibly for the
occasionally and anyway it's in the Frick."
Tin House Magazine's 10th Anniversary
Highlights from Tin House Magazine's 10th Anniversary celebration, hosted by Colson Whitehead. The evening included performances and readings by Aimee Bender, Michael Dickman, Matthew Dickman, Dorothy Allison, and Steve Almond, and a conversation with publisher Win McCormack and editor Rob Spillman.
An Interview with Jennifer Egan
"I was reading a lot of Proust and I was interested in trying to write a book about time today," Jennifer Egan says of her novel
A Visit from the Goon Squad
. Here, she explains why the music industry was such an ideal lens through which to look at time and change. "Music cuts through time like almost nothing else."
Salman Rushdie and Carsten Jensen
Salman Rushdie in conversation with Danish author Carsten Jensen about Rushdie's novel
The Enchantress of Florence
Geoff Dyer: On Punctuality
In this secular sermon, Geoff Dyer explores the historical sacrifices and successes of punctual people and the trouble caused by low-lifes who waste other people's time. He urges us to be less sloppy about time-keeping, a virtue which he sees as increasingly threatened by a culture in which mobile phones have made arrangements increasingly approximate and flexible.
The Googlization of Everything
Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, discusses his book
The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry)
at South by Southwest.
Lydia Davis reads from her
The comic Lydia Davis proves that less is more, reciting multiple stories in just over two minutes.
David Markson reads at the 92nd Street Y in 2007.
Miranda July discusses her offbeat book of short stories
No One Belongs Here More Than You
with Lindsay Beamish.
Fear the Boom and Bust
In Fear the Boom and Bust, John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek, two of the great economists of the 20th century, come back to life to attend an economics conference on the economic crisis. Before the conference begins, and at the insistence of Lord Keynes, they go out for a night on the town and sing about why there's a "boom and bust" cycle in modern economies and good reason to fear it.
Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo NesbÝ's antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back in
, a bone-chilling thriller.
Lineage: American Poetry Since 1950
Elizabeth Alexander, Stephen Burt, Tony Hoagland, James Longenbach, Maureen McLane, and Susan Stewart assess post-War trends and achievements in American poetry using the National Book Award as a point of departure. Moderated by Katie Peterson, with an introduction by Robert Polito.
Daniel Domscheit-Berg explains why he wrote
, a tell-all about his time at the website and his stormy relationship with founder Julian Assange.