Back by popular demand! Reposted from her appearance on April 2, 2013
In conversation with Barbara Lane
In the wake of her mother’s death, with her family scattered and her marriage in tatters, author Cheryl Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. The story of how that 1,100-mile hike broke her down and built her back up again, chronicled in her bestselling book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, has resonated with audiences around the world.
Back by popular demand! Reposted from her appearance on April 23, 2013.
Gillian Flynn’s latest novel Gone Girl tells the story of a young woman who disappears on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary and who may, or may not, have been killed by her husband. As he discovers, the truth is more twisted and disturbing than the murder of which he’s accused.
According to Harvard Law School professor and activist Lawrence Lessig, the outcome of elections is decided ahead of the vote by a tiny fraction of the population — the donors who give to Super PACs. Lessig believes that we, as American citizens, can change this. Using his unique presentation style of rapid-fire visuals, he discussed some of his efforts toward reform, including Mayday PAC and the NH Rebellion and inspired the audience toward action.
Cory Doctorow and David Pescovitz engaged a rapt audience with their fast-moving conversation on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Cory eloquently and elegantly discussed the pitfalls and opportunities creative industries are facing today—about how the old models have failed or found new footing, and about what might soon replace them. His new book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, is an essential read for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts.
From his unconventional ‘hidden’ introduction intro of Arts & Ideas Director Barbara Lane to his hysterical ruminations on high fat ice cream, Bob Odenkirk was in brilliant quirky form. Video clips included Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman, Charles Manson as a dog, and a phantom Abraham Lincoln…and if that doesn’t make sense, well, you just have to listen.
What a wonderful way to start off the 2014 Fall Arts & Ideas season! James Beard award winning writer Rowan Jacobsen captivated an audience of food enthusiasts, home cooks and local farmers with a delightful hour dedicated to apples. Who knew there were over 7,000 varieties in America? Hear Rowan speak and read his beautiful Apples of Uncommon Character and you’ll never eat a mealy Red Delicious again.