ALOUD is the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ celebrated literary series of conversations, readings and performances at the downtown Central Library. [subscribe on iTunes]
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Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade – Walter Kirn
In this true and chilling story of a writer being duped by a real-life Mr. Ripley, Kirn invites us into the fun-house world of an eccentric son of privilege who would one day be unmasked as a serial impostor and a brutal double-murderer.
The Age of American Unreason – Susan Jacoby
From the author of Freethinkers, a dazzlingly insightful-and occasionally hilarious-analysis of the anti-rationalism, anti-intellectualism, and anti-scientism that increasingly characterizes the cultural and intellectual life of this country.
Stacy Schiff: The Witches: Salem, 1692
Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment in the shaping of the future republic when women played a central role in American history. Hear from one of our most acclaimed historians as she unveils one of the first great American mysteries.
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away
Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multicity speaking tour. Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides an original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.
The War in Ukraine: Propaganda and Reality
We in the West have experienced this historical turning point through a haze of propaganda. This rare pairing of two essential thinkers on Eastern European politics offers a revelatory look at why what happens in Ukraine is of significant international importance.
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
Renowned neuroscientist (and novelist) David Eagleman navigates the depth of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries that take in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence and visual illusions.
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