Colm Toibin brings “House of Names” to Live Talks!

Monday, May 22, 2017 8pm

An Evening with Colm Tóibín discussing the writing life and his upcoming novel, House of Names

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre /New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS: LiveTalksLA.org

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York. He previously appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles to discuss James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.

In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life, so that we not only believe Clytemnestra’s thirst for revenge, but applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth’s most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels. Told in fours parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes’ story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother’s lover Aegisthus, his escape and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands. “I have been acquainted with the smell of death.” So begins Clytemnestra’s tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war. Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, Clytemnestra reveals the tragic saga that led to these bloody actions: how her husband deceived her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles, only to sacrifice her because that is what he was told would make the winds blow in his favor and take him to Troy; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus, who shared her bed in the dark and could kill; how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself; and how Clytemnestra finally achieved her vengeance for his stunning betrayal—his quest for victory, greater than his love for his child.

Get Experienced w/ “The Oliver Stone Experience” at the AERO!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 • 6:30 pm book signing/ 7:30 pm introduction & film – Oliver Stone In Person!

AERO THEATRE-1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

UNCONVENTIONAL NARRATIVE: FILMS OF OLIVER STONE

In 2012, it was a thrill to host Oliver Stone at the AERO for the release of the book & the series, “The Untold History of the United States”. Now, I am thrilled to announce his return to the AERO for 3 great nights of his films, introduced by the man himself  & one night where he will graciously join me to sign, “The Oliver Stone Experience”.

Join us at 6:30 pm, Thursday , May 18th to get a signed copy of this wonderful retrospective on the life & career of one of our most dynamic & interesting directors. Then, he will introduce the film, “Nixon”.

NIXON 1995, Buena Vista Pictures, 192 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone This ambitious biopic of our 37th president earned four Oscar nominations, including nods for Anthony Hopkins’ performance in the title role and Joan Allen’s supporting work as wife Pat Nixon. A nuanced portrait of Richard Nixon from his days as a young boy to his downfall in the aftermath of the Watergate break-in, the film underlines how lonely and treacherous the halls of power can become. With James Woods, Ed Harris and Paul Sorvino.

More about the book :

Stone himself serves as guide to this no-holds-barred retrospective—an extremely candid and comprehensive monograph of the renowned and controversial writer, director, and cinematic historian in interview form. Over the course of five years, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone (Midnight Express, Scarface, Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Snowden) and New York Times bestselling author Matt Zoller Seitz (The Wes Anderson Collection) discussed, debated, and deconstructed the arc of Stone’s outspoken, controversial life and career with extraordinary candor. This book collects those conversations for the first time, including anecdotes about Stone’s childhood, Vietnam, his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his continual struggle to reinvent himself as an artist. Their dialogue is illustrated by hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and documents from Stone’s personal archive, dating back to Stone’s birth: personal snapshots, private correspondence, annotated script pages and storyboards, behind-the-scenes photography, and production files from all of his films to date—through 2016’s Snowden, and including Stone’s epic Showtime mini-series Untold HIstory of the United States. Critical commentary from Seitz on each of Stone’s films is joined by original essays from filmmaker Ramin Bahrani; writer, editor, and educator Kiese Laymon; writer and actor Jim Beaver; and film critics Walter Chaw, Michael Guarnieri, Kim Morgan, and Alissa Wilkinson. At once a complex analysis of a master director’s vision and a painfully honest critical biography in widescreen technicolor, The Oliver Stone Experience is as daring, intense, and provocative as Stone’s films—it’s an Oliver Stone movie about Oliver Stone, in the form of a book. Both this book and Stone’s highly anticipated film, Snowden, will be released in September 2016 to coincide with Stone’s seventieth birthday (September 15, 1946).

PRAISE “…it’s the must-have movie book of the fall…It’s a film school in book form – enlightening, entertaining, and essential.” — Flavorwire

“. . . a lavish coffee-table book full of images and introspection. . .” — Parade online

“…definitive…everything you could possibly want to know about the filmmaker.” — AM New York

“. . . this lavish, beautiful book is as much a piece of serious criticism as it is an expression of pure movie love.” — The Miami Herald

“Jammed with lengthy Q&As with two-time Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, as well as news clippings, scripts, rare photos, and memos, Matt Zoller Seitz’s 480-page book is, like the filmmaker and his movies, obsessive and captivating.” — Variety online

“Seitz’s auteurist biography is kaleidoscopic in its dispensing of intimate photographs, archival images and pop culture iconography. Just as Stone’s own kinetic editing explodes in his films, so does the book conflate dynamic interviews and critical analyses with taut narrative urgency.” — MovieMaker

ABOUT THE AUTHOR- Matt Zoller Seitz is the television critic for New York magazine and the editor in chief of RogerEbert.com. He is the author of The Wes Anderson Collection and The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel. He lives in Brooklyn. 

Being A Dad Is Weird w/ Ben Falcone & Melissa McCarthy!

Sunday, May 21, 2017- 7:30 pm

Ben Falcone in conversation with Melissa McCarthy discussing his essay collection, Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS :LiveTalksLA.org

A book signing follows the event.

Ben Falcone is a film director, writer, and comedic actor. He made his directorial debut in 2014 with Warner Bros.’ feature film Tammy, which he also wrote and starred in alongside real-life wife Melissa McCarthy. Falcone’s upcoming projects include the feature film Life of the Party (New Line) which he co-wrote with McCarthy and will direct. The Boss is Falcone’s recently released directorial effort which he also wrote and produced with McCarthy, who starred in the film. Falcone was last seen in Fox Searchlight Pictures’ feature film Enough Said alongside James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Director Nicole Holofcener, and in Jason Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words. Falcone also recently guest starred on FOX’s comedy hit New Girl and in NBC’s A to Z. Currently, he can be seen as a regular on the television series Nobodies(TV Land) which he executive produces. Falcone’s additional feature film credits include The Heat, Identity Thief, Spy, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Bridesmaids.

Melissa McCarthy received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Megan in the hit comedy Bridesmaids, directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow. She also received BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and SAG Award nominations for this role and won the MTV Movie Award for Comedic Performance of the Year. McCarthy recently starred in The Boss which she co-wrote. In 2015 McCarthy starred in the hit film Spy for which she received a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination, and Critics’ Choice Award nomination. In 2014 McCarthy starred in St. Vincent opposite Bill Murray and in Tammy which she co-wrote with her actor/writer husband Ben Falcone. McCarthy’s previous film credits include The Heat, Identity Thief, This is 40, The Hangover Part III and Ghostbusters. She will next star in Life of the Party which she co-wrote with Ben Falcone and wrapped production on the Fox Searchlight film Can You Ever Forgive Me? McCarthy’s additional feature film work includes The Back-Up Plan, Life As We Know It, Pretty Ugly People, Just Add Water, The Nines, White Oleander, Pumpkin, and Go.Additionally, she starred in John August’s short film God, as a young woman having a gossipy phone conversation and short-lived spat with the Almighty, and also appeared in The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey. On television, McCarthy starred as the clumsy culinary genius Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls and Dena in the series Samantha Who? McCarthy won an Emmy Award and People’s Choice Award for starring as Molly on the hit CBS comedy Mike & Molly and has directed several episodes. She has also received Emmy nominations for guest hosting Saturday Night Live, which she has hosted multiple times. McCarthy recently returned to Stars Hollow for the Netflix reintroduction of Gilmore Girls. Currently, she can be seen making guest appearances on the television series Nobodies (TV Land) which she executive produces along with husband Ben Falcone.

Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours is a funny and intimate look at fatherhood that combines stories about his own larger-than-life dad and how his experiences raising two daughters with his wife, Melissa McCarthy, are shaped by his own childhood. Ben Falcone isn’t a big shot movie star director at home. There, he’s just dad. In this collection of stories, Ben shares his funny and poignant adventures as the husband of Melissa McCarthy, and the father of their two young daughters. He also shares tales from his own childhood in Southern Illinois, and life with his father—an outspoken, brilliant, but unconventional man with a big heart and a somewhat casual approach to employment. Ben is just an ordinary dad who has his share of fights with other parents blocking his view with their expensive electronic devices at school performances. Navigating the complicated role of being the only male in a house full of women, he finds himself growing more and more concerned as he sounds more and more like his dad. While Steve Falcone may not have been the briefcase and gray flannel suit type, he taught Ben priceless lessons about what matters most in life. A supportive, creative, and downright funny dad, Steve made sure his sons’ lives were never dull—a sense of adventure that carries through this warm, sometimes hilarious, and poignant memoir. 

Hal David-His Magic Moments-An Afternoon w/ Eunice David!

Saturday, May 20th at 3 pm- Always Something There to Remind Me: Eunice David Remembers Hal David

Santa Monica Public Library – 621 Santa Monica Blvd. / Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium

For directions or additional information : smpl.org

Generations have grown up loving the music of Hal David, most often in collaboration with his writing partner Burt Bacharach. Join us as Hal’s widow, Eunice David, shares stories about her husband’s life and songs in this music-filled program which will be followed by a signing of her new book, “Hal David-His Magic Moments, There’s Always Something There to Remind Me”

Hal David: His Magic Moments by Eunice David

Eunice and Hal David’s love for each other was legendary. For the first time, Eunice recounts her exciting life as the wife of one of the world’s most renowned lyricists. Memorable anecdotes include how Hal came to write some of his most iconic songs, such as the Academy Award-winning “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “What the World Needs Now is Love,” “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” and “The Four Winds and the Seven Seas.” All set within the span of their world-wide travels and historic events, this novel covers their magical twenty-five years of marriage, which all began with a simple game of tennis.

Eunice David devotes her time to philanthropic work in her community and also serves on numerous Boards, including the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Both she and her late husband, Hal David, produced five extremely successful shows, the proceeds of which benefitted the Los Angeles Music Center. The two were happily married for twenty-five years. Eunice David has also written numerous travel journals and another novel entitled High Rise, Low Down.

RETROFORMAT-Alice Howell & early silent comediannes!

Kelly Oxford knows the World is Against Her ! Live Talks w/ Kelly & Busy Philips

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8pm

Kelly Oxford in conversation with Busy Philipps discussing her upcoming memoir, When You Find Out the World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS -LiveTalksLA.org

Kelly Oxford, born in Edmonton, Canada, currently lives in Los Angeles with her three children. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar.

You can find her avoiding her book and screen writing on Twitter and Instagram (@kellyoxford). She likes poodles and PBS.

Rolling Stone, “The 25 Funniest People” on Twitter

Fast Company included Oxford in their 2017 Most Creative People list. Kelly Oxford likes to blow up the internet.

Whether it is with the kind of Tweets that lead Rolling Stone to name her one of the Funniest People on Twitter or with pictures of her hilariously adorable family (human and animal) or with something much more serious, like creating the hashtag #NotOkay, where millions of women came together to share their stories of sexual assault, Kelly has a unique, razor-sharp perspective on modern life. As a screen writer, professional sh*t disturber, wife and mother of three, Kelly is about everything but the status quo.

“Kelly Oxford’s writing is hilarious and fearless. She’s the badass Canadian sister I never had.” — Mindy Kaling

“Kelly is part geek, part freak. When You Find Out The World Is Against You shows us ourselves: our sensitivities, our awkward moments, our strange desires. She takes us through summer camp, dating, rape culture, Trump, death . . . Kelly Oxford c’est moi.” — James Franco

“I have worshipped the mind of Kelly Oxford for eons. Kelly Oxford’s concise, whip-smart observations feel eerily universal. When You Find Out the World is Against You shows that there is something to be learned from even the most absurd or devastating moments of life.” — Jill Soloway

“Two things I’m grateful for: how imperfect Kelly Oxford is at life and decision-making, and how terrific she is at writing about what a goddamn mess she is.” — Patton Oswalt

When You Find Out the World is Against You is filled with the biting, wise, and laugh-out-loud insights that have won Kelly legions of fans. Whether she’s detailing her obsession as an eleven-year-old with going to camp so she can become a “kissing bandit,” exploring the bittersweet boredom that so often accompanies parenthood, calling out the insanity of a posse of internet poodle vigilantes, writing bracingly about the anxiety that has plagued her as long as she can remember or taking us to ride shotgun as she stalks her husband on an accidental date with another man, When You Find Out the World Is Against You is Kelly at her most honest and disarmingly funny best. Her comedic skill, down-to-earth voice, and bull’s-eye observations on the absurdity of modern life mean there is nothing quite like seeing the world through Kelly’s eyes.

Busy Philipps is currently in HBO’s Vice Principals, an 18-episode comedy series from Eastbound & Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. She was last seen on the popular TBS comedy Cougar Town where she plays ‘Laurie Keller’ opposite Courteney Cox. She was also recently seen in Joel Edgerton’s thriller The Gift. The STX film starred Joel Edgerton alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, a story of a young married couple’s lives that are thrown into a tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s path brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light. Philipps first garnered attention at the age of 19 in Judd Apatow and Paul Feig’s critically praised series, Freaks and Geeks, for her memorable performance as tough but sympathetic rebel teen ‘Kim Kelly’. Other television appearances include: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; a recurring role as the devout Christian med-student ‘Hope Bobeck’ on season 14 of ER; a starring role in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc.; and as a regular in Dawson’s Creek. Philipps’ film roles include Kat Coiro’s A Case of You opposite Justin Long, Peter Dinklage and Sam Rockwell, Douglas McGrath’s I Don’t Know How She Does It starring Sarah Jessica Parker; the comedy romance He’s Just Not That Into You; and Made of Honor alongside Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. Other film credits include, the lead role in the Shawn and Marlon Wayans comedy White Chicks; the high school tragedy, Home Room; as well as the teen drama The Smokers; and Anatomy of a Hate Crime for which she impressed critics and fans.

Get CURED! “The CURE in Orange ” & Lol Tolhurst in person!

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 st- 6:30 pm(books for sale)/ 7:30 pm screening- at the EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

Being a long time fan of The CURE and having seen them in concert many times, it is a thrill to be able to announce special guest LOL TOLHURST  at the EGYPTIAN this Friday!

Come on down and get a copy of Lol’s book, “Cured-the Tale of Two Imaginary Boys” which the author will sign after the screening & Q & A .

Book signing will take place after the film, but books will be available beforehand.

There are still tickets available, but this will sell out!

CINEMATIC VOID 2017 Lol Tolhurst In Person!

THE CURE IN ORANGE !

Discussion after the film with Cure co-founder Lol Tolhurst, who will sign his book, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys, following the Q&A. 35 mm!

30th Anniversary!

THE CURE IN ORANGE 1987, 113 min, USA, Dir: Tim Pope

This terrific concert film captures U.K. alternative rockers The Cure performing in the ancient Théâtre Antique d’Orange amphitheater while in France during their Beach Party tour. Frontman Robert Smith leads his band through 23 of their songs, playing a mix of singles and favorites from their first album, THREE IMAGINARY BOYS, through 1985’s THE HEAD ON THE DOOR, including such songs as “Inbetween Days,” “Let’s Go to Bed” and “Boys Don’t Cry.” Tickets: $15.

Here’s more about Cured The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys By Lol Tolhurst :

“On our first day of school, Robert and I stood at the designated stop at Hevers Avenue with our mothers, and that’s when we met for the very first time. We were five years old.”

So began a lifelong friendship that fourteen years later would result in the formation of The Cure, a quintessential post-punk band whose albums-such as Three Imaginary Boys, Pornography, and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me-remain among the best-loved and most influential of all time. As two of the first punks in the provincial English town of Crawley, Lol Tolhurst and Robert Smith didn’t have it easy. Outsiders from the start, theirs was a friendship based initially on proximity and a shared love of music, from the punk that was raging in nearby London to the groundbreaking experimentation of David Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy.” First known as The Easy Cure, they began playing in pubs and soon developed their own unique style and approach to songwriting, resulting in timeless songs that sparked a deep sense of identification and empathy in listeners, songs like “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Just Like Heaven,” and “Why Can’t I Be You?,” spearheading a new subculture dubbed “Goth” by the press. The music of The Cure was not only accessible but also deeply subversive, challenging conventional notions of pop music and gender roles while inspiring a generation of devoted fans and a revolution in style. Cured is not only the first insider account of the early days of the band, it is a revealing look at the artistic evolution of the enigmatic Robert Smith, the iconic lead singer, songwriter, and innovative guitarist at the heart of The Cure. A deeply rebellious, sensitive, tough, and often surprisingly “normal” young man, Smith was from the start destined for stardom, a fearless non-conformist and provocateur who soon found his own musical language through which to express his considerable and unique talent. But there was also a dark side to The Cure’s intense and bewildering success. Tolhurst, on drums and keyboards, was nursing a growing alcoholism that would destroy his place in The Cure and nearly end his life. Cured tells the harrowing and unforgettable story of his crash-and-burn, recovery, and rebirth. Intensely lyrical and evocative, gripping and unforgettable, Cured is the definitive story of a singular band whose legacy endures many decades hence, told from the point of view of a participant and eyewitness who was there when it happened-and even before it all began.

Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst met Robert Smith in 1964 on their first day of school and together they began a journey that would take them to the very pinnacle of musical success. In adolescence, Lol and Robert discovered that they shared the vision to form a group like the ones that had influenced them. This simple inspiration would create one of the most influential, critically acclaimed, and commercially successful groups of modern times: The Cure. Starting in 1978, Lol and The Cure would chart an impressive selection of achievements that includes selling over 27 million units worldwide and earning 40 Platinum and Gold Records. Lol, who continues to write and perform, makes his home in Los Angeles. 

 

 

Tea w/ Tippi! Tippi Hedren at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

SUNDAY, APRIL 9th-11:30 am – 1 pm

One my favorite guests ever will be joining us here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop Sunday morning!

Many of you who have attended any of our past TCM Festival Sunday specials know that this is an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with a legend!

Julie Adams, Carl Reiner, Mamie Van Doren, Shirley Jones & last years Illeana Douglas & friends are some past TCM Sunday signers.

This year we welcome the phenomenal, ageless, beautiful queen of the kitties, babe of the Birds, the one & only TIPPI HEDREN!

Come on down to the LARE Sunday morning and get a signed copy of, “Tippi -A Memoir” and meet the beautiful Tippi Hedren!

What a perfect way to start your final festival day, just one block east of the Egyptian Theatre! See you Sunday!
In this absorbing and surprising memoir, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood—the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie—tells her story, including never-before-revealed experiences on the set of some of the biggest cult films of all time . . . now with a foreword by Melanie Griffith

For decades, Tippi Hedren’s luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood’s elite—beauty and star power that continue to endure. For too long Hedren’s story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now, Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend—as one of the most famous Hitchcock girls, as an unwavering animal activist, and as the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie star daughter Melanie Griffith, and rising star Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter.
For the first time, Hedren digs deep into her complicated relationship with the man who discovered her talent, director Alfred Hitchcock, the benefactor who would become a repulsive and controlling director who contractually controlled her every move. She speaks openly about the dark pain she endured working with him on their most famous collaborations, The Birds and Marnie, and finding the courage she needed to break away.
Hedren’s incandescent spirit shines through as she talks about working with the great Charlie Chaplin, sharing the screen with some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood, her experiences on some of the most intriguing and troubling film sets—including filming Roar, one of the most dangerous movies ever made—and the struggles of being a single mother—balancing her dedication to her work and her devotion to her daughter—and her commitment to helping animals.
Filled with sixteen pages of beautiful photos, Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman’s remarkable life no celebrity aficionado can miss.

TCM Classic FilmFest 2017

“Just Fly Away” w/ Andrew McCarthy & Live Talks

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8pm

Andrew McCarthy in conversation with Pico Iyer discussing the writing life and his novel, Just Fly Away

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre /New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS : LiveTalksLA.org

Andrew McCarthy is a director, an award winning travel writer, and an actor. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Travel+Leisure, AFAR, Men’s Journal, Bon Appetit, and many others. He has received six Lowell Thomas awards, and been named Travel Journalist of the Year by The Society of American Travel Writers. His travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, became a New York Times Best Seller, and the Financial Times named it one of the Best Books of the year. He served as guest editor for the prestigious Best American Travel series in 2015.

Just Fly Away is his debut novel published by Algonquin (March 2017). He made his professional début at 19 in Class, and has appeared in dozens of films, including such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less Then Zero, and cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin. He has starred on Broadway and on television, most recently appearing in The Family, on ABC. McCarthy is also a highly regarded television director; having helmed Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Grace and Frankie, and many others.

Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects as varied as Cuba, globalism, Graham Greene and the XIVth Dalai Lama, and writes up to 100 articles a year for magazines from The New York Review of Books to Harper’s, and Vanity Fair to Wired. He delivered popular TED talks in both 2013 and 2014—his most recent book is a small TED Original on the theme of stillness, and his talk on the nature of home attracted millions of viewers—and he has written a film script for Miramax, done many liner notes for Leonard Cohen and written introductions to more than 50 other books. Born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, he has been based, since 1987, in Western Japan, while traveling widely, everywhere from North Korea to Ethiopia and Yemen to Easter Island. 

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