leisure 08.20.12

Brain Food

The talk should be choice at An Evening with Frank Rich and Fran Lebowitz October 20, 8pm, $45-$75. But one night may not be enough—how about taking it down the road: Frank & Fran, a limited run in a Broadway house? That would be an event.

For our desert-island books, we'd live in isolation happily if we could have the full collection of classics rediscovered by New York Review Books. Case in point, Lindsay Clarke's The Water Theatre—a novel you probably haven't read, making it a regret you didn't know you had, one that can be rectified the first week of next month when it's republished in ebook format.

Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, And Life In The Cosmos, a talk by Columbia astrophysicist Caleb Scharf. In short: black holes give back, too.
[Photo: VLA, Prof. K.Y. Lo, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Astronomy]

For those of you paying close attention, you know MUG thinks novelist David Mitchell is a genius, a word we don't throw around much. He doesn't come to NY often, but he'll be at Symphony Space on October 17, 7:30pm, as part of the Selected Shorts series. $28

Narratives of Black Women at the New School is a course that studies the period from slavery to the Harlem Renaissance. Thursdays starting August 30 for 15 sessions, 6pm-7:50pm, $650, taught by Tracyann F. Williams.

On September 30, 7:30pm, the subject for the latest in the Atlas Obscura Speakers series at Observatory is Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden. The goal is to pin the place to the map. $12

Wrath Goes Viral, a discussion with noted virologists and journalists about infectious diseases and pandemics from The New York Academy of Sciences on October 17, 7pm, $25. Expect to be terrified. [Photo: Claudette Barius]

Opening September 14 at the NYPL, Charles Dickens: The Key to Character, a reminder that Dickens was not just an ace plotter: few can surpass his gallery of character creations.

Where Do We Go From Here? with Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and political scientist Ian Bremmer, a talk about, what else?, the economy and politics. 92Y, October 3, 8pm, from $29.

The National and International Security Implications of Climate Change is the topic at NYU SCPS, a class starting September 19 at the Woolworth Building, 10 sessions, $525.

Whatever the journalists at ProPublica are working on, we're interested in hearing. The Tenement Museum series Investigate This picks up again this season on September 10, continuing the conversation with ProPublica staffers.

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