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  1. Gypsy Rose Lee: An American Icon Laid Bare 1.8.11

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    On January 8, 2011, the world's most famous burlesque performer turned 100 years old. Join LIVE from the NYPL for a centennial celebration of the birth of Gypsy Rose Lee: novelist, playwright,…

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    • Werner Herzog reads Go The F☁ck To Sleep

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      Werner Herzog, the great filmmaker, reads "Go the F*uck" to Sleep," on the occasion of a Fathers Day Special, a LIVE from the NYPL event which took place on June 14, 2011, featuring…

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      • Harold Bloom 5.1.11 LIVE SHORTS

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        "Literature for me is not merely the best part of life; it is itself the form of life, which has no other form." --Harold Bloom, The Anatomy of Influence. On the closing day of the PEN…

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        • Zadie Smith 11.22.10 LIVE SHORTS

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          Divided into four sections—“Reading,” “Being,” “Seeing,” and “Feeling”— Zadie Smith’s CHANGING MY MIND depicts a range of experiences,…

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          • GTFTS short 10.28.11

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          • WILLIAM GIBSON: THE ORIGIN OF 'CYBERSPACE' LIVE SHORT 4.19.13

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            William Gibson is the author of ten books, including, most recently, the New York Times-bestselling trilogy Zero History, Spook Country and Pattern Recognition. Gibson’s 1984 debut novel, Neuromancer,…

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            • Keith Richards 10.29.10 LIVE SHORTS

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              "When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church which belongs to God, and the public Library, which belongs to you. The public library…

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              • Elizabeth Gilbert 5.5.11 LIVE SHORTS

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                A few months ago, two prominent American professors of philosophy -- Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly -- published a book called All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning…

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                • Patti Smith 4.29.10 LIVE SHORTS

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                  In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the…

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                  • Liao Yiwu performs his poem "Massacre": LIVE shorts

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                  • Slavoj Zizek 11.09.10 LIVE SHORTS

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                    The three religions of the Book each help us to differentiate the divine from the sacred. This liberating concept culminates in Paul's claim, from Ephesians, that "our struggle is not against…

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                    • Chris Blackwell 5.11.11 LIVE SHORTS

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                      In 1959 Chris Blackwell founded Island Records in a small office in Kingston, Jamaica in an effort to bring Jamaican music to the broader stage. After moving the offices to the UK, Island Records…

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