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700 Boylston StreetAuthor talk with David Misch, author of Funny: The Book - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy
Author David Misch presents “The History of Ha!,” a some-holds-barred survey of absolutely everything funny that’s ever happened. From ancient Greece to Modern Family, David Misch uses clips and commentary to look at what comedy is, where it comes from, and where it’s going. Among David Misch’s TV and movie credits are the Emmy-nominated Mork and Mindy, Duckman, Saturday Night Live, and The Muppets Take Manhattan. He is also a playwright, songwriter, blogger, teacher, stand-up comic, and has lectured at Columbia University, Fordham University, University of Southern California, and University of California, Los Angeles.
700 Boylston StreetAuthor Talk with Richard S. Grossman, author of Wrong: Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn From Them
In recent years, the world has been stunned by economic crises, most notably the collapse of Lehman Brothers. It was the largest bankruptcy in American history, and it triggered the destructive sub-prime disaster. What sparks vast economic calamities? Why do our economic policy makers fail to protect us from such upheavals? In Wrong: Nine Economic Policy Disasters And What We Can Learn From Them, economist Richard S. Grossman addresses these questions, shining a light on the poor thinking behind nine of the worst economic policy mistakes of the past 200 years. Richard S. Grossman is Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
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700 Boylston StreetAuthor talk with Ben Bradlee, Jr., author of The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams
Ted Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America--and shocked them, too: his notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. While he was a god in the batter's box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.
Ben Bradlee, Jr., spent twenty-five years as reporter and editor at the Boston Globe, overseeing many critically acclaimed stories, including the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal. He is also the author of The Ambush Murders: The True Account of the Killing of Two California Policemen; Prophet of Blood: The Untold Story of Ervil LeBaron and the Lambs of God (with Dale Van Atta); and Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North. Ben Bradlee Jr. was awarded PEN New England's 2013 Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing/Biography for The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, which comes out on December 3.