Tuesday, June 12, 2012
→ EVENT: Siri Hustvedt in conversation with Paul Auster at The Strand, Thursday, June 14, 7:00-8:00pm
→ EVENT: Reading, Q&A, and book signing at Community Bookstore (143 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn), Thursday, June 21, 7:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
William H. Gass discusses his newest collection of essays, Life Sentences: From Literary Judgments and Accounts , which explore reading, writing, form, and thought. He examines the work of some of his favorite writers, including Kafka, Nietzsche, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Proust.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Jonathan Lethem talks about the relationship between the novel and contemporary culture. In The Ecstasy of Influence, a collection of new and previously published essays, he looks at the role of the writer as public intellectual, tackling topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as his literary models.
Monday, November 07, 2011
By Laura Mayer
Two famed poets, essayists and translators — Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger — recently read from new work at the True Story: Non-Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar in the East Village. Listen to the audio here.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
John Summers, the editor of The Baffler, discusses the American critic and writer Dwight Macdonald, an uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, an anarchist, and a pacifist. Summers assembled new selection of Macdonald’s finest essays, Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain. It shows Dwight Macdonald as a critic of America’s susceptibility to cultural fakery—he dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it on aesthetic and on political grounds.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Magician Penn Jillette talks about why he’s a skeptic and an atheist, and he shares his opinions on just about any topic. His new book God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales is a collection of essays illuminating the Ten Commandments—some of them true stories, some of them fantasies, all of them entertaining, smart, and eye-opening.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Calvin Trillin, New Yorker staff writer and The Nation’s deadline poet, talks about his latest book of collected works, Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. He cover topics from the literary life to the horrors of witnessing a voodoo economics ceremony and the mystery of how his mother managed for thirty years to feed her family nothing but leftovers.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer talks about writing criticism on a wide array of subjects—music, literature, photography, and travel journalism. Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews is a collection of 25 years of essays, reviews, and misadventures.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Historian and social commentator Simon Schama discusses writing about a diverse range of subjects: from food and family to Winston Churchill, from Martin Scorsese to Rembrandt, from his travels in Brazil and Amsterdam to New Orleans. His collection Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother shows him to be a keen observer with a critical eye.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Zadie Smith talks about joining Harper’s to review books for the “New Books” column. She’ll also discuss her latest book, Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, just released in paperback, a collection that shows she’s equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas.
Monday, October 11, 2010
David Rakoff, writer at large for GQ and regular contributor to This American Life, defends pessimism. His new book Half Empty includes reporting and personal essays, and examines the realities of our ever-optimistic culture to find that, most of the time, the best is not yet to come and dreams don’t come true.