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politics | Apr 4th, 2011

Three Elections in Five Years Is A Lot: Rick Mercer on the Canadian Election

In an article on Canada’s current Federal election, Rick Mercer offers a blisteringly hilarious rant that offers cloud-parting illumination on our country’s political system, why it’s broken, and why — ultimately — it still matters. Writing at Macleans.ca, the host of the top-rated Rick Mercer... Continue Reading →
business | Apr 4th, 2011

The Extra 2%: Baseball and Business Writer Jonah Keri on Exploiting Every Advantage

Please welcome our newest speaker, Jonah Keri, a journalist who covers business, baseball, and their surprisingly fertile overlap. Keri is the author of the just-minted New York Times bestseller The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First. In the... Continue Reading →
tech at work | Apr 3rd, 2011

Keeping Fast Company: Amber Mac's New Show on Streamlining Your Work Life

When does Amber Mac, the busiest woman in tech and social media, ever rest? This week, she launches yet another high profile project, Work Smart for Fast Company. The new webcast is all about productivity and streamlining your work life — a topic that clearly resonates with Amber: last month, she... Continue Reading →
live appearances | Mar 31st, 2011

A Meeting of Wits: Chuck Klosterman and Craig Finn, Live in Minnesota, April 15

Among the two of them, pop culture journalist Chuck Klosterman and singer Craig Finn have produced some of the funniest, freshest, and most quotable writing of the last decade. Klosterman, in bestselling books such as Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, and Finn, as lyricist for beloved indie band The... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Mar 31st, 2011

With Incognito, David Eagleman Proves Himself a 'Brilliant Scientist with a Gift for Gab.'

After releasing his last book, Why the Net Matters, as an iPad app, neuroscientist David Eagleman returns to traditional publishing with his latest book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. “Most of what you do, think, act and believe is generated by parts of your brain to which you have no... Continue Reading →
middle east | Mar 30th, 2011

'The People Have Lost Their Fear.' Salman Rushdie on the Middle East

“This is not a religious revolution,” Salman Rushdie said last month during a speech at Emory University, where he is a  Distinguished Writer-in-Residence. “It’s a secular revolution.” He was referring to the social change sweeping countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, and Bahrain,... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Mar 30th, 2011

Lev Grossman Profiles David Foster Wallace's The Pale King in TIME Magazine

In this week’s Time magazine, leading book critic Lev Grossman looks at the creation of David Foster Wallace’s hugely anticipated posthumous novel, The Pale King. With piercing insight, Grossman’s piece does double duty, serving as both a book review and an in depth look at David Wallace (“his... Continue Reading →
news | Mar 29th, 2011

Virginia Heffernan Joins The New York Times Op-Ed Pages

Lavin speaker Virginia Heffernan will join The New York Times Opinion Pages starting Monday, she told AdWeek. Previous to joining the Op-Ed section, Virginia wrote The Medium column for The New York Times Magazine and also served as the television critic for the Times. A provocative thinker and a... Continue Reading →
social change | Mar 27th, 2011

Blanketing Haiti: Humanitarian Happy Johnson's Recent Trip to Port-au-Prince

Social entrepreneur Happy Johnson recently visited Port-au-Prince to deliver blankets to orphanages, hospitals and schools. It was his second relief mission on behalf on his organization, Blanket Haiti, and this time around he even made a quick iPhone movie (above). I asked Happy how things are... Continue Reading →

Virginia Heffernan Speaks on Digital Delight -- and Anxiety -- at School of Visual Arts

Virginia Heffernan — who writes often, and provocatively, on the way digital technology has reconfigured the cultural landscape — will deliver her keynote, “The Pleasures of the Internet,” at the School of Visual Arts in New York on Tuesday, March 29. The event is part of the esteemed D-Crit Lecture... Continue Reading →
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