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arts and pop culture | Jun 7th, 2016

Future Shock: Chuck Klosterman’s But What If We’re Wrong? Out Now

Speaker and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman’s latest book, But What If We’re Wrong?, is now available. But What If We’re Wrong? is Klosterman’s ninth full-length effort, and has been hailed as “a series of intriguing thought experiments” by Publishers Weekly and a “clever, speculative book [that]... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Feb 25th, 2016

Rough Draft with Reza Aslan Premiers This Sunday Night on Ovation

Exciting news! Bestselling author Reza Aslan is the host of a new talk show premiering this Sunday on the Ovation Network. Rough Draft with Reza Aslan promises to be a rollicking, lively, often hilarious conversation about writing and the writer’s life with some of the best authors, poets,... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Aug 23rd, 2015

First Look: Molly Crabapple’s New Book, Drawing Blood

VICE editor and world-famous visual artist Molly Crabapple’s new book hits stores on December 1, 2015 from HarperCollins. Described as “an unforgettable memoir of the years between 9/11 and the Occupy movement—in New York City and around the world—by the renowned underground artist and journalist,”... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Apr 27th, 2015

The Power of Curiosity: Charles Fishman's Instant New York Times Bestseller

A Curious Mind, the new book by Lavin speaker Charles Fishman—co-authored with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer—has reached a triumphant second week on the New York Times bestseller list.   In the book, Fishman looks at the power of curiosity with the help of Grazer, who has built a fascinating life... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Apr 14th, 2015

First Look: M Train, the New Book by Patti Smith

Legendary musician and Lavin speaker Patti Smith has a new book coming out this fall. The National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids, Smith's forthcoming memoir is M Train: an unforgettable odyssey into her mind, told through the prism of cafés and haunts she has visited and worked in around... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Sep 1st, 2014

"Beauty is a Reason to Fight": Journalist-Artist Molly Crabapple on Summer 2014

In a moving new essay for Vice, artist and writer Molly Crabapple reflects on what she calls "a summer of monsters"—a series of difficult and disturbing events that have brought much sadness, and that compel us to seek the beauty in our world. She writes about Mike Brown and the protests in... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Oct 3rd, 2013

Keynote Review: Lavin Attends—And Loves!—A Lecture By Director Mira Nair

Last month, award-winning filmmaker Mira Nair gave a keynote speech at the University of Toronto Mississauga—and some of our staff were there to take it all in! Nair was chosen to deliver the school's prestigious annual Snider Lecture. Here's what Octavia Ridout, one of our events coordinators at... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Oct 2nd, 2013

How To Fight Stereotypes With Comedy: Social Justice Speaker Negin Farsad

"Something we could learn from the gay community's leaps and bounds in civil rights in the last twenty years was just don't hide it, tell people," Negin Farsad tells NPR. The social justice comic and speaker recently released a documentary film, The Muslims Are Coming!, aimed at doing just that. She... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Oct 1st, 2013

Cover Story: (Robert) Vijay Gupta, "The Most Interesting Man in the [Philharmonic]

According to the Los Angeles Downtown News, (Robert) Vijay Gupta is "The Most Interesting Man in the [Philharmonic Orchestra]." And we'll be the first to agree! Not only is he the youngest player in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but the virtuoso violinist has also become a world renowned advocate... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Sep 24th, 2013

New Keynote: "Let The Heart Inform The Brain," Speaker Mira Nair

"Never treat what you are doing as a stepping stone to something else. Do it fully and completely." That's the advice acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair shared in her recent keynote at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She was chosen to deliver the school's prestigious annual Snider Lecture to a... Continue Reading →
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