Walter Kirn spoke about his book, Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
More chilling than fiction—though it contained plenty of that—Kirn’s friendship with the wealthy Clark Rockefeller had lasted for fifteen years before Kirn discovered that Rockefeller was in fact Christian Gerhartstreiter, a con man, kidnapper, and murderer. Kirn, a novelist himself, had been taken in by a man who’d fabricated identities from fiction and films. How did this happen?
Annabelle Gurwitch spoke about her book, I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of Fifty, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Using humor as a way to defuse and explore serious subjects, Gurwitch writes about aging, parenthood, and caring for aging parents. In essays as sensitive as they are witty, the actress and writer faces the realities of a body needing “maintenance,” helps launch her daughter into the world of dating, and watches her own future unfold in her parents’ decline.
Danah Boyd spoke about her book, It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Does social media affect the quality of teens' lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, Boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers' ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, Boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, Boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.