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LIVE from the NYPL: Nathaniel Rich | Elizabeth Kolbert

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June 9, 2014

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees Room

Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.This time around, we are the asteroid.

Elizabeth Kolbert offers a startling look at the mass extinction currently unfolding before our eyes in The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and in conversation with Nathaniel Rich, whose novel Odds Against Tomorrow is a philosophically searching inquiry into our greatest fears about the future.

Nathaniel Rich is the author of two novels, Odds Against Tomorrow andThe Mayor's Tongue. His essays and journalism appear regularly in The New York Review of BooksHarper's, the Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, where he is a contributing writer. Rich lives in New Orleans.

Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

 

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