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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