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Powell's Books & Third Place Books Present Pamela Paul in Conversation With Ayad Akhtar
Remember all those ingrained habits, cherished ideas, beloved objects, and stubborn preferences from the pre-Internet age? They’re gone. To some of those things we can say good riddance. But many we miss terribly. Whatever our emotional response to this departed realm, we are faced with the fact that nearly every aspect of modern life now takes place in filtered, isolated corners of cyberspace — a space that has slowly subsumed our physical habitats, replacing or transforming the office, our local library, a favorite bar, the movie theater, and the coffee shop where people met one another’s gaze from across the room. Even as we’ve gained the ability to gather without leaving our house, many of the fundamentally human experiences that have sustained us have disappeared. In 100 glimpses of that pre-Internet world, Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, presents a captivating record, enlivened with illustrations, of the world before cyberspace — from voicemails to blind dates to punctuation to civility. There are the small losses: postcards, the blessings of an adolescence largely spared of documentation, the Rolodex, and the genuine surprises at high school reunions. But there are larger repercussions, too: weaker memories, the inability to entertain oneself, and the utter demolition of privacy. 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet (Crown) is at once an evocative swan song for a disappearing era and, perhaps, a guide to reclaiming just a little bit more of the world IRL. Paul will be joined in conversation by Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, novelist, and author of Homeland Elegies. This event is presented in partnership with Third Place Books.

Oct 27, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Pamela Paul
Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at the Times. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast. Her books include My Life with Bob; How to Raise a Reader; By the Book; Parenting, Inc.; Pornified; The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony;and Rectangle Time, a book for children. Prior to joining the Times, she was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate, and Vogue.
Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar is a playwright, novelist, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent book is Homeland Elegies. American Dervish was published in more than 20 languages and named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012. As a playwright, he has written Junk (Kennedy Prize for American Drama, Tony nomination); Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony nomination); The Who & The What; and The Invisible Hand (Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award). As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. Akhtar is the recipient the Steinberg Playwrighting Award, the Nestroy Award, the Erwin Piscator Award, as well as fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell, the Sundance Institute, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. Ayad is a Board Trustee at PEN/America, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and New York Theatre Workshop.