BK: We Can’t Rewind, We’ve Gone Too Far: Kevin Smokler, Virginia Heffernan, and Matt Zoller Seitz on Technology, Nostalgia, and Culture

02/21/2017 - 7:00pm

This event takes place at our Brooklyn location.

Join us for a conversation on technology, nostalgia, and culture with three leading writers in the field!

Kevin Smokler is a writer, performer, and public speaker based in San Francisco. He writes about culture and technology, tells stories onstage and likes people a lot. He's the author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School and Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies.

Virginia Heffernan is an American journalist and cultural critic. She has worked as a staff writer for The New York Times — first as a TV critic, then as a magazine columnist, and then as an opinion writer.   She is the author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art.

Matt Zoller Seitz is a Brooklyn-based TV critic for New York Magazine, the editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Wes Anderson Collection (Abrams, 2013) and The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Abrams, 2015), as well as the forthcoming The Oliver Stone Experience (Abrams, 2016). He is the founder and original editor of The House Next Door, now a part of Slant Magazine, and the publisher of Press Play, a blog of film and TV criticism and video essays.

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Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to '80s Teen Movies Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781942600671
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - October 11th, 2016

From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the "Goondocks" in Astoria and the "time of your life" dirty dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, NC, '80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself.


Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616146566
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Published: Prometheus Books - February 19th, 2013

What do the great books of your youth have to say about your life now? Remember reading Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby in high school? How about Slaughterhouse-Five and Pride and Prejudice? Would you read them again now that no one's grading you, just for your own enjoyment? This book helps you decide to do just that.


Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439191705
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

Just as Susan Sontag did for photography and Marshall McLuhan did for television, Virginia Heffernan (called one of the “best living writers of English prose”) reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet.

Since its inception, the Internet has morphed from merely an extension of traditional media into its own full-fledged civilization.


The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel Cover Image
By Matt Zoller Seitz, Anne Washburn (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781419715716
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - February 10th, 2015

Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion Cover Image
By Matt Zoller Seitz, Megan Abbott (Foreword by), Max Dalton (Illustrator)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781419720635
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 10th, 2015

TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781455588190
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 6th, 2016

Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad? Is Cheers better than Seinfeld? What's the best high school show ever made? Why did Moonlighting really fall apart? Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible?