Kurt Andersen

For this post I’m going to do something unusual. Kurt Andersen did Charlie Rose so I’m going to post a snippet from that interview.

The other thing I want to show is a talk he gave at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival before the release of the book.

The Charlie Rose interview is a lot more refined in terms of how the author presents his book. It’s much more of a raw idea and conversation in the Aspen Ideas talk. Both I think give a picture of the author’s thoughts.

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May’s Book: Empire of Sin

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May’s book is Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and The Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist. Copies can be picked up at the Circulation Desk to check out.

The discussion will be held on May 21st in Room H, on the 2nd floor of the library near the Reference Desk.

 

David McCullough Interview

I could not find an interview from 1968, the year the book was published, with McCullough talking about the book. Nor have I found anything of him recently talking about the book. Instead, here’s a video from The Kalb Report interviewing McCullough.

New Books/Old Books

Hello! Happy Holidays. Just a quick bit of news: I’ve updated the list of books we have read previously. I have also put in the entire list of books we are going to read in 2018 (with links to the catalog). February’s book The Johnstown Flood should be available by February 1st at the Circulation Desk.

WWI Overview

Here’s a great video that summarizes WWI from Ferdinand’s assassination all the way to the end.

More Getty Images

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Franz Ferdinand in Bosnia

Here are some pictures from Getty Images of a 100 year anniversary remembrance of WWI in Sarajevo. 

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Blackadder Explains World War I

Since Tim Butcher mentioned Blackadder I suppose I have no choice but to post a clip from Blackadder, one of the greatest comedies set in different periods of history. You might know two of the actors: Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson.

Lucy Kalanithi TED Talk

Lucy Kalanithi gave a moving speech about life, death, and her husband for a TED Talk last November

Ta-Nehisi Coates: A Reading List

The author gave a talk with the New York Review of Books and the New York Public Library made a list of books he had recommended in the talk. In the comments readers give their personal recommendations as well.

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