Yardstick (left), Yardstick (right), 1987 by Ed Ruscha
To coincide with his upcoming exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery, artist Ed Ruscha will be coming to LIVE from the NYPL on March 6 to reflect on his career and discuss the incredible influence he’s played on contemporary art. Learn more and get tickets here…
“By the time I was writing The Cider House Rules, I thought, well you seem to work best when you begin with the last sentence. And once I know, like with a piece of music, what it sounds like at the end, where I’m going, I make a kind of road map in reverse back to where I think the story should begin, and so far that last sentence has never changed. Never. I see that ending and I write toward it. It’s kind of waiting for me.” —John Irving
A short, beautifully shot documentary looking into John Irving’s life at home from Time LightBox. We move from outside his home, to his kitchen, to his exercise room where we get a glimpse into his wrestling past, to his desk where he admits, he may die some day writing, mid-sentence.
Come listen to Irving speak at length about his writing life and most recent work on Tuesday, January 29 at the NYPL. More information and tickets availablehere…
A rave from Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times for George Saunders’ new book, The Tenth of December. Make sure to check out his remarkable other works, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, The Braindead Megaphone, In PersuasionNation, and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil.
(And come see Saunders LIVE on February 26 with Dick Cavett! More information and tickets here…)
“I guess the earliest sign was how much I liked being alone, how much I actually needed to be alone, the way you need, or I need, exercise or food or a certain amount of sleep. There was that desire to be, and a comfort, at being alone.”
“President Obama laughs as The First Lady pretends to be a majorette before addressing the United Nations General Assembly Reception at the New York Public Library, in N.Y., N.Y., Sept. 21, 2011. A marching band performed at the reception before the President and Mrs. Obama addressed the crowd.”
That is all. (more photos from Pete Souza/The Whitehouse/Time LightBox here)
Sneaking in another food panel from John Broadley entitled “Summer Peach” because we have a great announcement!
We’ll be providing some food for the audience at Monday evening’s event with Marcus Samuelsson to accompany the conversation! Learn about his technique and intention while cooking a piece of food as you’re eating a morsel of it. Learn more and get tickets here…