Intellectuals, unite. This fall, the ideas and ideologies will be flying at New York museums. Here’s a look at some of the more important, or interesting, lectures and readings coming up.
The Morgan Library & Museum
Reading Mark Twain
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
$30 for non-members
I was a high-school and then a college student when the startling literary boom dubbed “The New Journalism” happened in the late 60’s and early 70’s. To me, it might as well have been happening on a distant, colorful planet. I was a teenager stalking the paltry magazine racks of the small drugstores of Read More
Immediately upon returning to Washington, the victorious majority in the House of Representatives again displayed the mentality that inspired Mark Twain’s immortal observation about their kind. “It could probably be shown by facts and figures,” said the sage on various occasions, “that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”
That Twain quip Read More
A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967 , by Rachel Cohen. Random House, 363 pages, $25.95.
Borrowing a phrase from Twain, Rachel Cohen describes her splendid new book as a “private history”-but there are some nice public moments as well. Would you believe that a poet once threw out the Read More
I’m sure that everyone who sees the new revival of Big River won’t forget a certain staggering moment that deserves to go down in theater history.
Roger Miller’s folksy 1985 Broadway musical, based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , had its critics the first time round (myself included), though it won Read More