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Daniel Mendelsohn, the award-winning author, critic, translator, and Editor-at-Large at The New York Review of Books, shares from his new collection of essays that casts an eye at literature, film, television, and the personal essay. Reflecting on how we continue to look to the Greeks and Romans as models in our responses to everything from the
Boston Marathon bombings and the assassination of JFK, to the aesthetics of recent books like Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life and the novels of Karl Ove Knausgaard, to Game of Thrones and recent films about artificial intelligence—Mendelsohn filters insights through his training as a scholar of classical antiquity in surprising and illuminating ways. Bringing to the stage his range, depth, and intelligence, Mendelsohn talks with Richard Kramer to dissect culture as we know it today.

Daniel Mendelsohn

Daniel Mendelsohn is an internationally- bestselling author and award- winning critic and essayist; in 2019 he became the Editor at Large of the New York Review of Books and the Director of the Robert B. Silvers Foundation. He began his career in journalism in 1991, contributing to such publications as The Village Voice and The Nation while completing his Ph. D. in Classics at Princeton. Since then his translations, reviews, and essays on books, movies, theater, and television have appeared regularly in numerous national publications, most frequently The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times.

Richard Kramer

Richard Kramer has lived and worked in Los Angeles for over forty years as a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. He is best known for his work as writer, producer, and director of such landmark television series as thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, Once and Again, and Tales of the City.

This program will take place at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
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All tickets and books are non-refundable. Book bundled tickets will include an unsigned copy of the featured book, Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones, which will be distributed the night of the program.  Please don’t forget to keep your tickets handy, either in the Eventbrite app or print them out and bring them with you.

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