Fort Greene store:
Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 PM
Jessica Weisberg presents Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Advice on Life, Love, Money, and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed
In conversation with Sasha Weiss
Award-winning writer and producer Jessica Weisberg (Vice News Tonight, Serial) presents a new history of Americans’ obsession with advice – from Poor Richard to Dr. Spock to Miss Manners. In Asking for a Friend, Weisberg takes readers on a tour of the advice-givers who have made their names by telling Americans how to work, date, mourn, parent, and live. From the colonial era onward, the words and ideas of advice columnists have rumbled across all spheres of American popular culture. By tracing the wisdom of the ages, Weisberg offers a unique, humanistic way of re-reading American history as revealed through people’s most intimate questions. Weisberg presents her new book in conversation with Sasha Weiss, Culture Editor of The New York Times Magazine.