The timeliness and the quality of the events we have available to us here in D. C. was underscored for me this week by the fact that both The New York Times and The Washington Post reviewed a book that scores of us had an opportunity to hear reviewed by the author at Politics and Prose. And what an eye-opening book is Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. I'll have a great deal more to say about the book and my reaction to it in the future,.......
.......but first, I'm sorry that for the next several weeks I find it necessary to make an adjustment in my weekly culture blog. It's necessitated not only because of family travels to Michigan and San Antonio but also because of the deluge of work I've committed myself to in trying to answer close to 2,000 questions on Reddit. While I shall post a few events, I encourage you to look further each week at the source of my information: I urge you to go to the blogs for events at Politics and Prose Bookstore, the National Archives Foundation, the Library of Congress, the various Smithsonian Museums, and of course Wednesday's community publication The Northwest Current or whichever Current is distributed in your community.
Indeed, for the past month, I have given almost TOTAL attention to answering the questions on Reddit. As I try to summarize, I note that so many people wonder how a 90 year oldster can truthfully and candidly say, "I'm having one of the two best years of my life." In giving partial answers in response to specific questions, I have been forced to give thought to HOW IN FACT I HAVE BEEN SO FORTUNATE .
EVENTS FOR THE WEEK
Concert: Andreas Staier, Harpsichord - Varied Program - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress Tickets required - 8 PM - Preconcert conversation with Staier - 6:30PM - Rush tickets available
Panel discussion: Joseph Ellis, Jack Rekove, Mary Sarah Bilder with Kenneth Bowling – "Why the Bill of Rights was made – National Archives – reservations suggested – national archives foundation – 7 PM
World Premier Event: Talea:Ensemble of cutting edge music including a world premiere event - Collidge Auditorim - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - tickets necessary - 8PM - Preconcert Conversation - No tickets required - 6:30PM - Rush tickets available
Book lecture: Mary Sarah Bilder – "Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention" – National Archives – noon
Book Lecture: Mitchell Yockelson - Forty-Seven Days: The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne" P&P - 3:30PM
Book Lecture: John Feinstein - "The Legends Club" Smith, Krzyewski and Valvano" - P&P - 1PM
Book Lecture: Justin Krebs - "Blue in A Red State" - Bus Boys and Poets - 14th and V - 6:30PM
Lecture: Elijah Wald, musician and historian discusses "Dylan goes electric! Music, myth and mystery" – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-5502 Noon
Panel discussion: Distinguished panel discusses "Learning from the Past? The Refugee Crisis in Historical Perspective " - German Historical Instsitute - 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW - reservations suggested - 202-387-6437 - 6:30PM - 9:00PM