Spending Time and Money: The Koch Brothers and James Cameron Mitchell on Reading Nabokov

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Find out how the Koch Brothers amassed such large fortunes – and how they’ve been using that money in an attempt to change American politics. John Cameron Mitchell and Denis O’Hare discuss performing a reading of Vladimir Nabokov’s work. Porochista Khakpour talks about The Last Illusion, her fantastical novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York. Plus, our “gurus of how-to,” Al and Larry Ubell, share tips about staying cool in the summer heat – and take your calls and questions about home repair

How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

They built an empire making petrochemicals, spandex, and toilet paper, but until Charles and David Koch started bankrolling the Tea Party movement, little was known about them. Now a new biography goes deep.

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John Cameron Mitchell and Denis O’Hare on Reading Nabokov

Writer and actor John Cameron Mitchell and actor Denis O'Hare discuss performing two-hander adaptations of works by Vladimir Nabokov on Wednesday, June 11. Luminous Nictitation – an Evening of Russian Metafictional Absurdity is the second installment of A Good Read, a new ongoing reading series of classic works of prose and poetry at Joe’s Pub at The Public that's curated by Mitchell. 

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Porochista Khakpour on her novel ‘The Last Illusion’

Porochista Khakpour talks about her new novel, The Last Illusion, a fabulist novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York that's based on a legend from the medieval Persian epic The Shahnameh, the Book of Kings. Khakpour tells the story of Zal, whose demented mother is horrified by the pallor of his skin and hair and becomes convinced she has given birth to a “White Demon.” She hides him in a birdcage and where he lives for the next decade. Freed from his cage and adopted by a behavioral analyst, Zal awakens in New York to the possibility of a future. 


The Ubells Share Tips for Staying Cool in the Summer Heat

Our gurus of how-to, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, share their tips and shortcuts for staying cool as the temperature climbs this summer. 

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Guest Picks: Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare's 3-year-old influences his taste in movies.


Guest Picks: John Cameron Mitchell

Spoiler: he's a fan of both Shakespeare and Barry Manilow.


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