1. Almost everything I love about New York is typified in this curator of public curiosity…Holdengräber crafts unreasonably interesting conversations in front of live audiences to satisfy a public curiosity that we sometimes don’t even realize we collectively have. He likes to talk to the best people in their respective fields, and in the course of conversation to ‘see what falls out of their pockets.’ With Holdengräber acting as a sort of cultural Robin Hood, we’re the lucky beneficiaries of his intellectual pickpocketing.

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    Head on over to Full Stop to check out Tyler Malone’s great interview with our very own Paul Holdengräber, director of LIVE from the NYPL.

    And visit the Library on February 25, when Adam Phillips takes the stage with Paul for the next installment of LIVE. Adam talked about “what falls out of your pockets once you start to speak” when he appeared at LIVE from the NYPL back in 2007. Listen to a recording of the conversation here.

  2. We figured we’d toast a new week with this interesting information - craft beer guru Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, actually researched his original business plan at The New York Public Library! He mentions it in this fascinating interview with Bloomberg News (our mention is towards the middle of the piece). As you know, NYPL teamed up the Coney Island Brewery to recreate George Washington’s personal recipe for beer, which is located in our collections, so we know this world and are excited! Also, as a Library, it would be simply wrong for us not to mention that Calagione has a book out - and according to our friend at Bloomberg Amanda Gordon, an amazing book party.