a little bit like the view, but then not really at all…

“Talk Show IV: A Belated Christmas Special,” with David Levine, Eben Klemm, and guests
7 to 9 pm at cabinet
300 nevins street (at union) in brooklyn
free
www.cabinetmagazine.com

use your words

free fiction writing class with anne-e wood

7:30 to 8:30 at book thug nation
100 north 3rd street (between berry and wythe) in brooklyn
free
www.bookthugnation.com

guess who’s coming to dinner

a screening and discussion of the film Something New with sociologist Erica Chito-Childs

7 pm at the brooklyn historical society
128 pierrepont street at clinton street in brooklyn
free
www.brooklynhistory.org

the future of social security?

perhaps riding out your days in a retirement home is not such a bad idea after all?:
When elders in rural Japan reached age 70–or so an ancient legend would have it–their sons would carry them to the top of a holy mountain and leave them to die of exposure and starvation. Granny-dump mountain, or obasute-yama, was seen as a way to trim the population and make way for the next generation in cold mountain villages where food was short and winter was long. It is referenced by the obscure eleventh century diarist Lady Sarashina, master haiku poet Matsuo Basho and a 1983 Palme d’Or winning film, yet most anthropologists doubt the practice ever actually existed.

8 pm at the observatory
543 union street in brooklyn
$5
www.observatoryroom.org

it all happened so fast…

SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith comes to Greenlight to present his new book, The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure, a collection of personal stories from writers both famous and obscure revealing how a single instant changed their lives forever.  Some of the contributors to the collection will be joining Larry Smith.

7:30 at Greenlight Books
686 fulton street in brooklyn
free
www.greenlightbookstore.com

keep fighting the good fight
This panel discussion features graphic design legend Milton Glaser and award winning designer/illustrator Mirko Ilic focusing on graphic design’s ability to convey how power is effectively used and distributed, and justice is fulfilled.
8 to 10 at the open center
22 east 30th street
$15
www.opencenter.org
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