A Reader’s Guide to Stefan Zweig

George Prochnik, upcoming #LIVENYPL guest and author of “The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World,” writes about Zweig for The Huffington Post.


"There’s always some strange and telling efflorescence of the human predicament to be observed in Zweig’s work. A line from his novella The Burning Secret was chosen as the epigraph for a collection of stories he published the year he went into exile: ‘Gradually he became conscious of the amazing kaleidoscope presented to him by life.’ It’s this kaleidoscope that Zweig ultimately sought to hold up to the reader’s gaze, and the response he sought to kindle above all was sheer marveling admiration for the varieties of human nature. As he wrote in one biography, ‘if we admire more, and more intensively, than others, we shall ourselves grow richer than those timid ones who content themselves with choice morsels of life instead of grasping life in its entirety.’”

Read the full story HERE.

Get tickets to LIVE from the NYPL’s George Prochnik event HERE.

You want to tune in to this one tonight.  Beach balls with glow sticks.  That is all that needs to be said.  

New York Observer’s Top 10 Books - Spring Preview

The New York Observer recently compiled a list of its top upcoming books - future #LIVENYPL guests Geoff Dyer and Karl ove Knausgaard made the cut!

From the spring preview:

Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

by Geoff Dyer

(Pantheon, May 20)

It’s Geoff Dyer. Talking about his experiences aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. He’s the tallest and oldest person on the ship. If that isn’t enough to make you want to read it, you’re reading the wrong paper.

My Struggle Book Three

by Karl ove Knausgaard

(Archipelago Books, May 27)

Another year, another addition to Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume autobiographical novel, My Struggle. Book Two showed Mr. Knausgaard’s protagonist—named Karl Ove Knausgaard—starting a family with his second wife. In Book Three, he goes back to the early 1970s, to his own childhood. Book Three is billed by its publisher as “the most Proustian in the series.” No matter how you feel about Proust, the truth is that with each subsequent book of his that is translated into English, Mr. Knausgaard continues to solidify his reputation as one of the most vital writers working today.

Is it too late to prepare for climate change?

Upcoming #LIVENYPL guest Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, recently examined the prospects of preparing for climate change:

"Promoting ‘preparedness’ is doubtless a good idea. As the executive order notes, climate impacts—which include, but are not limited to, heat waves, heavier downpours, and an increase in the number and intensity of wildfires—are ‘already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation.’ However, one of the dangers of this enterprise is that it tends to presuppose, in a Boy Scout-ish sort of way, that “preparedness” is possible."

Read the article here.