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, featuring past appearances by Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Maureen Dowd, Freeman Dyson, Allen Ginsberg,
Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Billy Collins, Iris Chang, Patricia Neal
with Stephen Michael Shearer, Edward Albee, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Oliver Stone and Sean Penn.
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Professor Robert Polito and Patricia Patterson discussing
Oscar-Winning Actor, Writer, Director
SINGS JIMMY CRACK CORN
from and discusses his new novel
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 1 P.M.
Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn,
follow-up to his debut novel, which was hailed by authors as diverse as Salman
Rushdie, Jane Smiley, and Paul Theroux ―explores the deepest recesses of
American politics and culture. Bob Honey, the disillusioned divorcee with a
penchant for murder by mallet, weaves his way toward Washington DC for the
ultimate showdown with a certain nefarious “landlord,” but nothing is as it
seems, and Bob will have more than just the government working against him.
Part comedy and part thriller, Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn
establishes Sean Penn as a fixture of the literary landscape for years to come.
"It seems wrong to
say that so dystopian a novel is great fun to read … I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S. Thompson would love this
on Bob Honey Who
Just Do Stuff
crackling with life [...] Bob Honey is a hero of our Trumpian times reflected
in the cracked mirror of Penn's prose. I loved that it defied the critics who
are, as always like eunuchs in a harem observing the creative act but unable to
do the same."
--PAUL THEROUX on Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.
will read from and discuss
his new book
The LIFE and SCIENCE of
Saturday, November 23rd, 7PM
Harold C. Urey (1893–1981) was one of the
most famous American scientists
of the twentieth century. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1934 for his discovery of
deuterium and heavy water, Urey later participated in the Manhattan Project and
NASA’s lunar exploration program. In this, the first ever biography of the
chemist, Matthew Shindell shines new light on Urey’s achievements and efforts
to shape his public and private lives.
Shindell follows Urey through his orthodox religious upbringing, the scientific
work that won him the Nobel, and his subsequent efforts to use his fame to
intervene in political, social, and scientific matters. At times, Urey
succeeded, including when he helped create the fields of isotope geochemistry
and cosmochemistry. But other endeavors, such as his promotion of world
governance of atomic weapons, failed. By exploring those efforts, as well as
Urey’s evolution from farm boy to scientific celebrity, we can discern broader
changes in the social and intellectual landscape of twentieth-century America.
More than a life story, this book immerses readers in the struggles and
triumphs of not only an extraordinary man, but also his extraordinary times.
Matthew Shindell is curator of planetary science and exploration at
the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Shindell is a historian of
science with a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego's History
Department and Science Studies Program. His work focuses on the intersection of
science and religion in the American Cold War, the postwar development of
nuclear geochemistry, the history of earth, environmental, and planetary
science, and the growing importance of "scientific consensus" in
contemporary policy making. Shindell has held postdoctoral fellowships at
University of California, San Diego, the University of Southern California, and
Previous Events at D.G.Wills Books
Oscar-Winning Actor Sean Penn
Oscar-Winning Director Oliver Stone
Historian and Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert
Vogue magazine photo of Francoise Gilot
at the original store
Nobel Laureate Gerald Edelman, Director of the Neurosciences
Institute, with U.C. Berkeley philosopher John Searle with Mrs. Searle
Nobel Laureate Manfred Eigen
Noted editor Robert Weil, editing a Patricia
Highsmith manuscript for W.W. Norton & Co.
Indian Consul General, San Francisco; and Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the U.S.