LIVE via Zoom:
Friday, April 24, 7:30 PM (rescheduled from April 14)
Mark O’Connell presents Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back
In conversation with Willy Staley
Mark O’Connell, author of the award-winning To Be a Machine, returns with an absorbing, deeply felt book about our anxious present tense—and coming to grips with the future. We're alive in a time of worst-case scenarios: The weather has gone uncanny. Our old postwar alliances are crumbling. Everywhere you look there's an omen, a joke whose punchline is the end of the world. How is a person supposed to live in the shadow of such a grim future? What might it be like to live through the worst? And what on Earth is anybody doing about it? O'Connell is consumed by these questions—and, as the father of two young children, he finds them increasingly urgent. In Notes from an Apocalypse, he crosses the globe in pursuit of answers. Both investigative and deeply personal, Notes from an Apocalypse is an affecting, humorous, and surprisingly hopeful meditation on our present moment. With insight, humanity, and wit, O'Connell leaves you to wonder: What if the end of the world isn't the end of the world? Joining O’Connell in conversation (virtually) about his all-too-relevant work is Willy Staley, story editor at The New York Times Magazine.