Friday, September 6, 2013

New Yorker Festival lineup

The New Yorker announced the programs for its ever-expanding fall Festival yesterday, with topics ranging from nouveau burlesque to the Higgs boson. Panels with literary superstars like Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart, George Saunders, Michael Chabon, Jennifer Egan, Zadie Smith (right), Colm Tóibín, Junot Díaz, and Karen Russell will set you back a mere 30 or 40 bucks, whilst the price of traipsing with Calvin Trillin from Greenwich Village to Chinatown or private art viewing at the Frick with Peter Schjeldahl escalates to $100 and $140 respectively (and the many foodie events also enter the double bagels). One hopes the magazine will tape some of the proceedings and make them available for the hoi polloi and non–New Yorkers!
Marina Abramovic, "The Artist Is Present" at MOMA
Performance artist extraordinaire Marina Abramovic will have a dialogue with Judith Thurman, and the one-and-only Toni Colette (right) will speak on the art of acting with Ariel Levy in a program called "I contain multitudes." Paul Simon, Michele Williams, Ethan Hawke, and Edie Windsor will also hold forth, on music, film, and social justice (right on!); Atul Gawande will talk about the health care morass in the U.S.; and a live version of the Cartoon Caption Contest looks to be a prime example of high-wire humor.
Relating directly to the latest and greatest Daedalus Books Forum (called "Hidden in Plain Sight"; launching on our website next Thursday!)—is the panel Spy vs. Spy: The art of espionage, with Antonio J. Mendez, Jeffrey Moss, Stella Rimington, and Joseph Weisberg. So, which programs would make your wish list?
From a BuzzFeed roundup of DIY bookends, a new take on the old phrase "phoning it in"!
Calling all history buffs: get the jump on the rest of the crowd by viewing our latest arrivals here! And for all of you doting parents, grandparents, godparents, siblings, and cousins (whom you reckon up by dozens), scope out these 100 kid's books for less than five bucks each. Have a great weekend!


  1. JP

    Toni Collette - where to begin? Muriel's Wedding and About a Boy are just two movies she was wonderful in.

    I'd imagine this native Aussie's such a nice person and talented thespian, she'd even be able to disguise her disgust if, say, some fourth-tier titular Nobility more aptly termed "Eurotrash" ever tried to pick her up at "The Havelok" in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, around December 1993. Not saying this happened, mind you, but if it had, I'm sure this nice Actress would forgive and forget, wouldn't you reckon?

    Baron v. Mugenhausen

    1. How about The United States of Tara? Beyond awesome. If you haven't seen, it's binge-worthy.
      I so hope the 1993 encounter took place and that it was some part of the wind beneath her wings!!