Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday, 2/24: The Michael Slate Show with George Prochnik, When It's Too Late to Stop Fascism; Alex Lyras, Plasticity

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Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
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Alex Lyras, Plasticity

We'll talk withAlex Lyras, actor and co-author, with Robert McCaskill, of 
Plasticity, a new play currently at the Hudson Guild Theatre. In this multimedia production, a comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a circle of family members and loved ones debate his care. It is an exploration of brain and consciousness, and what makes us alive and human. 

When It's too late to Stop Fascism, According to Stefan Zweig, in interview with George Prochnik

In the 1930s, Austrian writer Stefan Zweig was the most-translated author in the world. He fled Austria just ahead of the Nazi takeover, and lived life as a refugee in New York. In 1941, he spent the final months of his life furiously writing a memoir - a warning to the future. "For the benefit of subsequent generations, who would be tasked with rebuilding society from the ruins, he was determined to trace how the Nazis' reign of terror had become possible, and how he and so many others had been blind to its beginnings," wrote George Prochnik, author of The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World. We'll talk with George Prochnik about the assault on the truth, the widespread idea that Hitler could never get into power - or would simply fail in disgrace if he did. And we'll talk about the obvious lessons for today. 

George Prochnik is an author of several books and has written for The New YorkerNew York TimesBookforum, and Los Angeles Review of Books. He is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine.