On Friday, March 7th see Charles Calomiris discuss his book, "Fragile by Design," a revealing exploration of the ways that politics inevitably intrude into bank regulation. The book combines political history and economics to examine how coalitions of politicians, bankers and other interest groups form, why some endure while others are undermined and how they generate policies that determine who gets to be a banker, who has access to credit and who pays for bank bailouts and rescues.
The Art of Intelligence is part of our ongoing series committed to providing a venue for the creative talents among our Intelligence professionals who work to make our lives safer— and, whose families are often in need of assistance. "Rainy Street" is a poem by U.S. Army Intelligence Officer John W. Davis, from his most recent compelation Rainy Street Stories.
Join 2013 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree Molly Antopol on February 18th, for a reading and discussion of her harrowing debut story collection The UnAmericans. About which Adam Johnson writes, "Not since Robert Stone has a writer so examined the nature of disillusionment and the ways in which newfound hope can crack the cement of failed dreams."
For 3 days every winter, the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair turns back the clock on the West Village’s literary roots, when tiny bookshops lined the streets, and Dylan Thomas (the man, not his ghost) was writing and drinking at the nearby White Horse Tavern. Attracting the East Coast's best book dealers, this year's 35th annual 3-day fair (sponsored solely by the parents of the culturally diverse student body of PS 3) offers both the serious bibliophile and the casual browser a delightful opportunity to peruse rare and vintage books, including children's series and illustrated books, modern first editions, art, photography and design, maps & prints, political flyers, unusual paper ephemera, memorabilia, and more!
Alexandros Washburn discusses his visually rich book The Nature of Urban Designon Tuesday, February 18th. He argues that the best cities become an ingrained part of their residents' identities and that the strength of our communities will determine how we respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy, whose floodwaters he watched from his home in Red Hook,Brooklyn. His book strives to empower urbanites and offer a new approach to design that will help cities to prosper in an uncertain future.
"I hope you're all pleased with yourselves. You could have been killed-- or worse, expelled." It's time to go back. In the inaugural meeting of the Harry Potter Re-Read Book Club on February 16th at McNally Jackson, there will be a discussion on Book 1, Sorcerer's Stone. Subsequent books' discussions will fall every other month, beginning with Book 2 in April '14.
Hear ye, hear ye! Next week, two humble, esteemed, well-dressed, professional biographers will endeavor to present a vivid, lifelike, kaleidoscopic portraitof the astonishing Shannon H. Foy. Observe Shannon livethrough all stages of her life: her early life as a raging-alcoholic child-prodigy and her adolescent years as a celebrated international rights advocate. Observe her various budding romances and sexual awakenings during the War, her brief time in the convent immediately preceding her noteworthy "Blue Period", and her short-lived politicalcareer and the life-altering "accident" that changed everything.It is a true story. In honor of Shannon H Foy, alcoholic beverages will be made available.
Head to McNally Jackson January 10th, 2014 for an evening with George Saunders, author of Tenth of December, and Ben Stiller, star of the new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, based on the 1939 short story of the same name by James Thurber. Saunders and Stiller will discuss comedy, satire, and the hope—or lack thereof—underlying their work. Film clips, readings and conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A.
While residing in a post-World War II displaced persons camp in 1945, a Ukrainian refugee by the name of Ihor Shevchenko discovered George Orwell's anti-communist novel, Animal Farm, and was fascinated by its message. With Orwell's permission and encouragement, he translated the book into Ukrainian under the pseudonym Ivan Cherniatynskyi and published it for distribution to other refugees. This story, and its aftermath, is told by Andrea Chalupa in her book Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm. Meet Andrea Chalupa on November 15th. She will speak about her book, life in the DP camps, Ihor Shevchenko, and George Orwell. Copies will be available for purchase and signing by the author.