Constructing a menu to herald the end of our corporeal
existence is not a task that most of us are often faced with. For chefs who spend
their day-to-day in a dreamy culinary realm filled with dishes heaped with
shaved truffle--and those same dishes piled in a dish pit--the last supper is
many things: humble, elaborate, somber, joyous, rustic and for most, simple.
GOOGLE ATTACKS!Scared? We are too. And so is author Siva Vaidhyanathan, who read from his recent release The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) at the Harvard Book Store earlier this afternoon.
But if you happened to miss it -- or if you walked out of there craving more, MORE -- we've got just the ticket for you, pulled from our own bottomless podcast vault: two readings from similarly tech-wary authors Nicholas Carr (The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains) and William Powers (Hamlet's Blackberry):
As our city girds itself for the tsunami of book boosterism
that's about to sweep Copley Square this weekend (to refresh your
memory on just how incredible last year's Boston Book Fest was, check out our 2009 podcast archives), it seems like this is the perfect opportunity to wax introspective on one of the greatest novels of all time.
In the 19 months since the 2008 election, our nation's political
landscape has taken quite the dramatic turn. The Democrats have
succumbed to a Wall Street-like plunge in popularity. And in a
bizarro-world scenario, health care has morphed Obama into a grossly
polarizing figure, while Sarah Palin has birthed a "Yes We Can"-style
underdog attack of her own -- successfully stirring the pot during her
recent Tea Party appearance in our very own Common
Everyone's familiar with the dreaded palm-to-forehead
feeling you get when a minuscule misstep leads to some larger disaster.
Locked your keys in the car, forgot to feed the fish, didn't properly
set your alarm clock on the day of your big interview. We've all been
there and have faced the shameful realization that if we had just
slowed our roll, these little catastrophes could have been avoided.
From the looks of things,
a lot of you folks intend to make 2010 the Year of More Writing. Need a
little inspiration to help you battle the blank page? Well, we can't
help you with that one -- but maybe these local authors can, as they
reveal their thoughts on the writing process, and give us a glimpse of
the forces that shaped their work.
What's the nexus between The Diary of Anne Frank and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking? Both were scooped out of the literary rejection piles by famed Knopf editor Judith Jones
and made into worldwide classics. Today, the 85-year-old Jones is
working alongside a culinary figure of already-epic proportions --
she's edited and mentored Italian cooking legend Lidia Bastianich throughout the publication of her new cookbook, Lidia Cooks From the Heart of Italy,
a collection of unusual recipes from lesser-known regions of Italy.
Al Gore speaks at Harvard Square's First Parish Church
Standing before a sea of green-leaning Cambridge liberals (who would
later scoff heartily at the suggestion that the average person watches roughly 5 hours of TV per day),
Al Gore announced: "My own personal journey on the issue of the climate
crisis began here in Cambridge 42 years ago, when I walked into the
classroom of Roger Revelle
Christian Lander, creator of the hugely popular blog Stuff White People Like, and now the author of a book by the same name (coyly subtitled “The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions”), pulled an overflow crowd to Harvard Book Store last night for his first appearance on his book tour. Poised, self-deprecating, and very fucking funny, the 29-year-old scrufty strawberry-blonde Canadian was almost impossible not to like.