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Every Person in New York

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan is an extraordinarily fine non-fiction work by Steve Coll. Mr. Coll will be at John Jay discussing same, November 9, 3pm. [Photo: Shay Lavin]

Conservation and Resilience: What Climate Change is Teaching Us is a panel discussion at AMNH tomorrow night, 10/25, 6:30pm.

In his 2004 Atlantic review of Philip Roth's The Plot Against America, Clive James, in dismissing Roth's concept, wrote, "In the United States, where the separation of powers is the fundamental principle of the Constitution, not even the most charismatic President—not even, say, Charles Lindbergh—could have instituted, in peacetime, racially selective federal laws without the approval of Congress." So Mr. James' criticism didn't age well, but the Roth book has. A band of terrific actors will read an abridged version of the novel this coming Sunday at 92Y, 1pm. Performers include Ayad Akhtar, Jennifer Ehle, Jon Hamm, André Holland, Elizabeth Marvel, Maggie Siff, Michael Stuhlbarg, and John Turturro. Three ninety-minute acts, two intermissions, tickets from $150.

At New School on November 5, 6pm, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, will give a Critical History Today talk called From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.

In The Library Book, Susan Orlean examines the 1986 fire at the L.A. Public Library in which 400,000 books were lost and discusses the event with Paul Holdengräber at the NYPL tonight, 7pm.

Scholar Kobena Mercer described Afro-Gothic as a way to cope with the trauma of slavery. At Pioneer Works on Saturday, Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30pm, a discussion of the Afro-Gothic aesthetic in contemporary Haitian art. Free but register.

George Saunders and Zadie Smith host the November 8 edition of Selected Shorts at Symphony Space. John Cameron Mitchell and Crystal Dickinson perform works by the two authors. Tickets from $32, show is at 7:30pm.

The New York Academy of Sciences hosts an all-day event called
Science Denial: Lessons and Solutions on Friday, November 2 at 7 WTC. You can watch a Livestream of the keynote and panel discussions.

The Tenement Talk at the Tenement Museum on November 1, 6:30pm, looks at the Politics of Domestic Work.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.


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