Legendary writer Dorothy Parker is considered one of the most celebrated and scathing wits of the twentieth century. Parker has been dead for forty-five years, but she’s on Facebook and she updates her status several times a day and has over 140,000 friends, thanks to author Ellen Meister.
Meister has been captivated by Dorothy Parker’s audacious voice since her teen years and in 2013, Meister delivered Farewell, Dorothy Parker, a nuanced tale that introduced the acid-tongued Mrs. Parker to a whole new generation of admirers. Now, Meister once again re-imagines the wickedly funny Parker in Dorothy Parker Drank Here.
List: Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano Missing Person by Patrick Modiano Honeymoon by Patrick Modiano The Georgetown Set by Gregg Herken Get in Trouble by Kelly Link Publishing by Gail Godwin Music Under the Moon by John G. W. Mahanna
After miraculously surviving a plane crash in Myanmar, Allan Lokos shares what his long and painful recovery process is teaching him about humanity’s ability to survive—and even thrive—in the face of suffering.
In Through the Flames, Allan Lokos tells the terrifying story of being on board a plane on Christmas Day with his wife, Susanna, when it crashed and exploded in flames. Lokos was severely burned in the accident, and in the days and weeks following the crash, Susanna was told by the many doctors who examined Lokos that he would not survive.
In Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History, Steven W. Bender examines how the United States’ collective shame about its past has shaped the evolution of law and behavior.
We regret slavery and segregationist Jim Crow laws. We eventually apologize, while ignoring other oppressions, and our legal response to regret often fails to be transformative for the affected groups.
There will be a Black History Month event at The Egg in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 28, that will combine music, speeches and a panel discussion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches and to discuss ongoing civil rights efforts.
They keynote speakers will be Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed and Colia Liddell Lafayette Clark.
Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed joins us. His most recent book is The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism.
Standing on the foundations of America’s promise of equal opportunity, our universities purport to serve as engines of social mobility and practitioners of democracy. But as acclaimed scholar and pioneering civil rights advocate Lani Guinier argues in her book, The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America, the merit systems that dictate the admissions practices of these institutions are functioning to select and privilege elite individuals rather than create learning communities geared to advance democratic societies.