Steve Coll on the bin Laden Family
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
, Steve Coll discusses his most recent book,
The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century
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.
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.
Luc Sante on Folk Photography
Writer and critic Luc Sante explains how he started collecting postcards thirty years ago and reads the introduction to his book,
Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard, 1905–1930
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."
Musician and writer Kristin Hersh talks about her memoir,
, based on a diary she kept as a teenager.
The Free World
David Bezmozgis read the first chapter of his new novel,
The Free World
, the story of a family of Jewish refugees in late-70s Rome.
Daniel Domscheit-Berg explains why he wrote
, a tell-all about his time at the website and his stormy relationship with founder Julian Assange.
David Markson reads at the 92nd Street Y in 2007.
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.
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.
Authors and Audiences
A writer spends considerable time envisaging his or her readers. But as a manuscript makes its way across the editorial labyrinth—through the hands of editors, agents, publishers and booksellers—the imagined readers become elusive. Editor and author Albert Mobilio leads a fascinating panel discussion exploring the wide gulf between a writer's desired audience and the readers they ultimately find.
The Next Decade in Book Culture
From the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature: A conversation about the new power of the book review and the emergence of a unique reader experience in the age of the digital revolution, featuring Morris Dickstein, Carsten Jensen, Cynthia Ozick, and Hervé Le Tellier; moderated by Jane Ciabattari.
Salman Rushdie and Carsten Jensen
Salman Rushdie in conversation with Danish author Carsten Jensen about Rushdie's novel
The Enchantress of Florence
Dale Peck interviews Abdellah Taļa
From the 2011 PEN World Voices Festival, Dale Peck interviews Abdellah Taļa, one of Morocco's most talented writers. They discuss identity, gender, and sexuality in the vastly different sociopolitical contexts of contemporary New York City and Morocco.