Sebastian Junger in conversation with David Epstein
Wednesday May 25, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street.
Over the last decade, Sebastian Junger has been on an ongoing quest to help civilians understand the world of modern warfare, with a humanistic approach to the lives of American soldiers in the Afghan war (see: documentaries like Restrepo and the book War). Now he wraps things up with a book examining what happens when the platoon returns home.
In Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Junger once again puts on his anthropology glasses to dissect the human instinct to build tribes, the meaning and effects of PTSD, and the challenges veterans faces in civilian society. For a longtime war reporter who has clearly experienced much of the adrenaline and addiction of combat himself, it’s a deeply personal examination of “the irony that—for many veterans as well as civilians—war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations.” Seating is limited and on a first-come-first- serve basis.
Spies, Private Eyes, and Journalists: Barry Meier, author of Missing Man, with Jim Mintz
Wednesday May 25, 7 pm at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street
If you love espionage thrillers, Barry Meier’s Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran is a real life account of the disappearance of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent turned private investigator who went missing in Iran in 2007, while on a mission for the CIA.
Meier, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, tirelessly hunted down the evidence to weave the story together. His findings, based on never-bef0re-disclosed CIA documents and years of interviews, reveal that Iranian officials knew far more than they first admitted and take us inside the ongoing hunt to find him.
The Sartorialist + Amy Arbus
Wednesday May 25, 7 pm at The Strand, 828 Broadway
The street-style blogging craze of the early 2010s has long drifted into background noise, along with all the other circus-like aspects of city living in the fashion capital of the US. But at its height, no one embodied the internet’s love of street-photography aesthetic more than Scott Schumann of The Sartorialist blog.
At the Strand, he’ll join fellow shutterbug Amy Arbus (Photographer Diane Arbus’s daughter) who has been in the street-photography game since long before the internet could propel her subjects to fame. Back in the day, Arbus captained a monthly celebrity photography column for Village Voice called “On the Street,” that managed to catch Madonna, members of The Clash, and Susanne Bartsch at their ’80s best.
Bad Advice From Bad Women
Thursday May 26, 7 pm at Word Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street
Why are the women in this lineup called “bad”? We’re not really sure– in our book, they’re bad-ass (girl power! Rah!). Come hear the readings and tongue-in-cheek advice of Jenny Zhang (Dear Jenny, We Are All Find), Lola Pellegrino (Rookie), Alexandra Molotkow (The Hairpin, Hazlitt, etc), Haley Mlotek (New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, N+1), Morgan Jerkins (Catapult), Charlotte Shane (Prostitute Laundry). If you manage to take home some advice on how to write like them, consider yourself lucky.