Lydia Davis reads from her
The comic Lydia Davis proves that less is more, reciting multiple stories in just over two minutes.
In the Plex
What does Google know about you? Steven Levy, author of
In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
Salman Rushdie and Carsten Jensen
Salman Rushdie in conversation with Danish author Carsten Jensen about Rushdie's novel
The Enchantress of Florence
An interview with Dinaw Mengestu
Dinaw Mengestu, recently named one of the "20 under 40" by the
, discusses his latest novel
How to Read the Air
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.
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.
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.
A discussion between David Chang, executive chef and owner of Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York; Ruth Reichl, writer and editor; and the head Chef of NOMA in Copenhagen, Rene Redzepi. Reichl will moderate a discussion with these two about what cultural identity means for chefs, their menus, and the experiences of diners who sit down at their table.
Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo NesbÝ's antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back in
, a bone-chilling thriller.
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."
New European Fiction
Naja Marie Aidt, Valter Hugo M„e, and Jean-Philippe Toussaint read from and discuss the inaugural volume of
Best European Fiction
with editor Aleksandar Hemon.
Miranda July discusses her offbeat book of short stories
No One Belongs Here More Than You
with Lindsay Beamish.
Writers on Technology and Everyday Life
Author Steven Johnson, editor Julian Dibbell, researcher Danah boyd, and Yale's Jack Balkin, discuss social media, online communities, Google, blogs, bullying and more.
The Diversity Test: Gender and Literature in Translation
From the PEN America World Voices festival, National Book Award winner Norman Rush, novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lorraine Adams, and Israeli novelist Alex Epstein discuss gender and literature in translation; moderated by novelist Claire Messud.