Tickets to LIVE from the NYPL's event Exploring The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records sold out…well, if you’ll excuse the pun, in record time. If you weren’t one of the lucky few to snag tickets, you’re still in luck: we’ll be LIVEstreaming (another pun, sorry) the entire program tonight on our YouTube page (link above). Tune in at 7pm sharp to hear Jack White, Dean and Scott Blackwood, Daphne A. Brooks, and Greil Marcus talk about how this Wisconsin chair company managed to build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled in just 15 years.
Not sure what’s best about this Times’ T Magazine feature on authors and the rooms where they write: the photos, or what the writers have to say about their spaces. Pictured above is Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones and the memoir Men We Reaped, and upcoming LIVE from the NYPL guest. “I don’t understand why the rest of my house is fairly spartan,” she says, “and yet the room I intend to write in is burdened by everything I need to do one day.” The rest of what she has to say about her space is a mini masterpiece. Read it - along with what Jonathan Lethem, Julian Barnes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edwidge Danticat, and Richard Dawkins have to say about their spaces - here.
Live from the NYPL, a must for local culturati, hones the art of the very short autobiography…
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: LIVE from the NYPL’s Fall 2013 Schedule, LIVE announces the new line-up featuring exciting authors, personalities and speakers. You won’t want to miss it
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Margaret Atwood | Carl Hiaasen (Tuesday September 17) here
Adam Fitzgerald, John Ashbery, Timothy Donnelly (Thursday, September 19) here
Jesmyn Ward (Monday, September 30) here
Jaron Lanier (Thursday, October 10) here
The Moth [featuring George Dawes Green, Andrew Solomon, Catherine Burns and more] (Tuesday, October 15) here
Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett, Howard W. Buffett (Wednesday, October 23) here
Lorrie Moore: Watching Television (Friday, October 25) here
Nico Muhly and Ira Glass [Co-Presented by The Metropolitan Opera] (Tuesday, October 29) here
Alice Waters and Kermit Lynch (Monday, November 18) here
Michael Connelly (Wednesday, December 4) here
Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert (Tuesday, December 10) here
Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz (Thursday, December 12) here
Brainpickings shares seven words (and then some) from our friends at LIVE from the NYPL, including the inimitable Paul Holdengraber.
Since 2005, the LIVE from the NYPL program masterminded and anchored by intellectual impresario Paul Holdengräber — one of the most interesting people to ever encounter, should you be so fortunate — has transformed the New York Public Library into a wonderland of stimulating conversations on literature and life with some of today’s most celebrated writers, scientists, artists, philosophers, musicians, and other luminaries.
On June 13, LIVE from the NYPL's Spring 2013 season closes with a powerful final installment. Liao Yiwu and his translator Wenguang Huang will join Paul Holdengräber for a conversation about poetry, protest and prison in honor of the English-language release of Liao's memoir, For A Song and A Hundred Songs, which The Daily Beast calls “one of the most important documents of political imprisonment and torture about China ever written.”
Liao Yiwu will also play music on the xiao (Chinese flute) and read his poem “Massacre” - the work that lead to his arrest in China - when he takes the stage next week. Purchase tickets here.
LIVE from the NYPL will be celebrating Federico García Lorca’s life and legacy on June 4, the day before what would have been the Spanish poet and playwright’s 115th birthday. The program features poetry and performances from a powerhouse lineup of guests, including John Giorno, Will Keen and María Fernández Ache, Philip Levine, Christopher Maurer, Paul Muldoon, Patti Smith, and Tracy K. Smith.
So if you want to see not one, not two, but three Pulitzer Prize-winning poets plus Patti Smith plus other renowned guests all in one night, grab your tickets for Tuesday’s event here.
And be sure to check out NYPL’s exhibition “Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet In New York,” which includes the original Poet In New York manuscript, and other events happening throughout the city as part of Lorca in New York: A Celebration.
Not only does LIVE from the NYPL has some impressive guests coming to the stage soon, but some of these guests have some impressive facial hair, too. Behold the first ever LIVE from the NYPL Guest Battle of the Beards! Pictured above on the left is philosopher Daniel Dennett, coming to LIVE tomorrow night (May 8). On the right is artist Matthew Barney, LIVE’s guest on May 21. We’re thinking this is a tie…
Speaking of ties, beards and LIVE guests, congrats to David Chang for winning the title of outstanding chef at last night’s James Beard Foundation awards. He shares the honor with Paul Kahan, becoming only the third pair to tie for the top award in the foundation’s history. Chang comes to LIVE from the NYPL on May 28.
Human beings, Mr. Dennett said, quoting a favorite pop philosopher, Dilbert, are “moist robots.”
“I’m a robot, and you’re a robot, but that doesn’t make us any less dignified or wonderful or lovable or responsible for our actions,” he said. “Why does our dignity depend on our being scientifically inexplicable?”
Attention moist robots: Daniel Dennett will be at LIVE from the NYPL next week with fellow philosopher Jim Holt talking about how we answer life’s most fundamental questions.
And, according to today’s Times (quoted above), Dennett isn’t just a fascinating philosopher, he also knows his way around a boat, too.
If you are prepared to take a hard punch in your gut, and like brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane, and beautiful prose, then you’ve come to the right place.
Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love, reviewing André Aciman’s Harvard Square
On April 22 at NYPL, the two authors will discuss the themes that haunt them both: identity, exile, fiction, and memory