A philosophy of listening, the puzzle of the ancient Polynesians, and Janet Napolitano on just how safe we really are highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week. Read more
Books & Literature
Yoga and the brain, Chris Matthews on Bobby Kennedy, and the search for water on other worlds highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.
By Kaitlin Ahern
“Writing is very hard. It’s like I Am Legend. It’s terrible, never do it.” — Amy Poehler Read more
by Craig Nelson
The oddest thing I discovered in researching my history of the Atomic Age was that all us human beings are radioactive and, every time we draw nigh, we irradiate each other. Could it be that the subatomic particles and gamma rays flowing between our bodies combine with the odor of our pheromones to produce human chemistry? Read more
For the bibliophile, there’s nothing much greater than meeting the author of a good book and picking his or her brain and learning more about the process of writing a novel.
Meet some of your favorite authors and enjoy lively discussions about plot, characters and more at these author readings, book signings and book talks. Read more
In an evening at the 92nd Street Y, Robert Thurman and Sharon Stalzberg will explain how and why “anger” and “hatred” become addictive. Moderated by Uma Thurman, the talk will examine why these emotions are destructive and how to use our most unpleasant feelings to turn the key to becoming whole and happy. Read more
Enjoy an evening of conversation and performances—and perhaps a few tall tales—from the creative team and cast from the new Broadway musical Big Fish this November. Read more
Look ahead and plan to attend the following Curator’s Picks of lectures, panel discussions and readings in NYC on art, literature, science and politics this holiday season. Read more
Rediscover the wonders of literary luminaries such as Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe and Marcel Proust at this season’s anticipated readings, and uncover new stories about our beloved New York as told by some of its greatest writers, including journalist Liz Smith, author Gay Talese and novelist Pete Hamill. Read more
This fall is full of chats and panel discussions with bright and interesting minds. Fill your calendar with our Curator’s Picks of the season.