arts 02.28.11

Spring Books
Part 1

THE PAST
What: The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge
Who: T. J. English
When: March 15th
Why: Two Career Girls Savagely Slain ran the Daily News headline in 1963, a demarcation point in the story of race relations, corruption, and injustice—a portrait of an era and a New York City scarcely imaginable to many New Yorkers today. In that sense, progress.


What: Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Who: Mitchell Zuckoff
When: April 26th
Why: A plane crash in New Guinea and the challenge to the survivors—dense jungle, cannibals, and a place out of time—makes, as they used to say, a ripping yarn. A true, ripping yarn.



What: Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan
Who: Jeff Greenfield
When: March 8th
Why: The great What If… Jeff Greenfield takes a series of imaginative leaps and considers how the world of American politics might have unfolded, if it hadn't unfolded the way it did.


THE FUTURE
What: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
Who: James Gleick
When: March 1st
Why: The author of Chaos and Genius traces the concept of information from early man to our information-fueled era. Gleick is one of the few writers who could make such a vast and complex subject a must-read.



What: How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III
Who: Ron Rosenbaum
When: March 1st
Why: Put it back in your worry box, is Rosenbaum's message—persuasively argued in the context of an emerging new world order (written before the events in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya) in which regional conflicts could escalate rapidly and catastrophically.


What: Physics of the Future: How Science Will Change Daily Life by 2100
Who: Michio Kaku
When: March 15th
Why: Mr. Kaku's book can only be right if Mr. Rosenbaum's book is wrong. And predictions of what the world will be like in the next century have been famously off-base. Even so, advances in computing, medicine, and energy production are likely to bring great changes and definitely make for fascinating conjecture.







Travels to Jacque Tati's holiday hotel in France










Carnegie Hall (from 2009)

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