Paul Reyes is the editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, a national journal of literature & discussion,” and the author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession (2010). His writing —which has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, and The Oxford American— has earned him a nomination for a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing as well as a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Douglas Rushkoff is professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens, where he recently founded the Laboratory for Digital Humanism. Rushkoff is the author of fifteen books, including the best-selling Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. Rushkoff is also a talented documentation who has made the Frontline documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, and The Persuaders.
Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, selected by Eileen Myes for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, was published by Tin House Books in February 2017. Her work has also been featured in numerous publications, as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and Best American Poetry 2016.
Over the course of two decades, several thousand planets have been discovered and recorded. Most of these exoplanets look nothing like the planets in our Solar System. Dr. Steffen, a member of the science team for NASA’s Kepler mission, joins us to talk about these discoveries and what we’ve learned from them.
David Morris is a former infantry officer who worked in Iraq form 2004 to 2007 as a reporter for Salon and the Virginia Quarterly Review. HIs book The Evil Hours: A biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was a finalist for the L.A Times Book Prize. Morris joins The Black Mountain Institute for this somber, but moving lecture.