I’ve been made to understand The David Awards at Penguin are a big deal. So named for CEO David Shanks, the various imprints court votes with the pressure, intrigue, and zealotry of the College of Cardinals. (Zing! Timely metaphor.)
So I’m asking you, dear reader, to help me win a modicum of respect in the office by voting up my Thomas Pynchon entry for the Best Animated Video. It was produced by the great minds at Pentagram, and it happens to feature prose from one of the greatest living writers on the planet.
(You don’t have to vote in every category, just Best Animated Video.)
That’s right, it’s the fabled Tournament of Champions edition of New York’s best infrequent literary trivia night. Next Thursday at the great Housing Works Bookstore, three winning teams will square off to claim true Nerd Jeopardy honor and respect. (Plus a fourth team of amateurs*, just to embarrass them.) The questions will be more difficult–some in French, even–and I expect a level of fierce competitiveness rarely seen outside an episode of “The Bachelor.”
There will be plenty of wine and beer to keep audience heckling at a fever pitch and several opportunities for audience members to win prizes of their own.
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I don’t know why I love the presidential debates so much. After all the buildup of a summer of attack ads, stretched facts, dirt digging, and political inertia, letting Obama and Romney square off against each other is going to be great television. (Or great streaming video, whichever.)
Of course, post-debate analysis is uniformly disappointing. The pundits pick apart the least consequential aspects of the candidates’ performance in an effort to one-up the other networks with soundbites. (The Times has a nice piece on how past underdogs have won the day with such spin.)
So! I’m proud to announce a new venture with The Penguin Press and Reuters: a post-debate video roundtable with three award-winning authors, each an expert with a unique perspective on the election.
Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland will host the discussion. Freeland is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. (You may have also seen her amazing New Yorker piece on the 1% this week.)
She will be joined by David Nasaw, award-winning author of the national bestseller Andrew Carnegie and The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy (arriving in November). Nasaw will provide a historian’s perspective on the cultural and political forces shaping the election.
Last but not least, the roundtable will include Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin, the globally recognized expert on energy and author of the New York Times bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.
The roundtable starts on Reuters.com after Wednesday’s Presidential Debate at 10:40pm EST. It’ll run for about 30min. Hope you can join in.
After taking the summer off to read Proust’s oeuvre in the original French, I decided it’s time to herald autumn with a night of literary trivia. And wine!
The Penguin Press & Small Demons present:
Thursday, Oct. 18th, 7pm
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, NYC
Complimentary Wine & Bookish Humiliation
Come to watch a books-only version of the popular game show with me as your genial host. If you’ve attended Nerd Jeopardy before, you know more or less what’s in store: prizes, swearing, a surprise guest or two.
If you haven’t attended, here’s a brief sample of past categories and clues: