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The Authors@Google program welcomed Anthony Grafton to Google's New York office to discuss his book, "Codex in Crisis" From the book jacket: "The growth of the Internet and ambitious new projects like Google Books have led some commentators to foretell the dawn of the "universal archive" and, with it, the end of printed books. In Codex in Crisis, Anthony Grafton places this new information ecology into a sweeping historical context and explored the implications of digitization for the ways we read, write, and preserve information." Anthony Grafton is the Henry Putnam Professor of History and Princeton University and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of such books as "The Footnote: A Curious History", "Defenders of the Text: The Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science", and "What was History?: The Art of History in Early Modern Europe". He also writes on a wide variety of topics for The New Republic, The American Scholar and The New York Review of Books. This event took pace on December 17, 2008.
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Anthony Bourdain is interviewed by Google Executive Chef Nate Keller at Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters. This event took place on November 20, 2007 as part of the Authors@Google series.
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All Will Be Revealed, A Novel: A photographer is drawn to a beautiful psychic in a turn-of-the-century novel about love, possession, adventure, and greed. At the close of the nineteenth century, wheelchair-bound Augustus Auerbach s only interest is his extraordinarily lucrative business: the manufacture and marketing of exotic photographs. His outlook is forever altered, however, when one of his models pressures him to attend a seance. It is there that Augustus meets the medium Verena Swann, a beautiful widow who gives voice to the long-dead spirit of his mother. At the time of her first encounter with Augustus, Verena is close to nervous collapse; her spiritual powers have begun to fail her, and now, forced to fake her public trances, she wonders if her ability to converse with the spirits was ever more than self-delusion. Though initially reluctant, Augustus embarks on a series of private sittings with Verena, finding himself increasingly drawn to her as much for personal reasons as for the proof of immortality she offers him. Robert Anthony Siegel was born in New York City and educated at Harvard, the University of Tokyo, and the Iowa Writers Workshop. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, where he lives with his wife, the writer Karen E. Bender, and their two children. He has received fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education, the Iowa Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown. This event took place on June 20, 2008, as a part of the Authors@Google series.
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Anthony visits the Googleplex for a talk about his latest book. From Google Books: In 1990, Anthony Zuiker was just another Hollywood wannabe—a balding, overweight guy driving a tram in Las Vegas for eight bucks an hour, telling his friends about the screenplay he was writing, dreaming of fame. He'd grown up in Vegas, where his mother worked the blackjack table at a casino, while his father flitted back and forth from investment schemes that didn't seem to go anywhere. His friends figured Anthony wouldn't either. But twenty years later, Zuiker stands as the mastermind behind the most popular television show in history, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and its spin-offs: CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. How he got there—a remarkable rise from nothing to something—is the narrative lifeblood of Mr. CSI, only, like the show itself, there's a catch: On a January morning in 2005, Zuiker got a call from the Las Vegas Police Department while he was working at his desk on a script for CSI: NY. His estranged father, whom Zuiker hadn't seen for a decade, had put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. So begins Mr. CSI, a book that frames Zuiker's astonishing ascendency to fame and fortune with an unsettling and honest appraisal of his father's suicide. It's a book that uses the conventions that have made CSI a worldwide success to tell a far more personal story, of what one man left behind in his success and what he gained when he returned.
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Mission Street Food is a restaurant. But it's also a charitable organization, a taco truck, a burger stand, and a clubhouse for inventive cooks tucked inside an unassuming Chinese take-out place. In all its various incarnations, it upends traditional restaurant conventions, in search of moral and culinary satisfaction. Like Mission Street Food itself, this book is more than one thing: it's a cookbook featuring step-by-step photography and sly commentary, but it's also the memoir of a madcap project that redefined the authors' marriage and a city's food scene. Along with stories and recipes, you'll find an idealistic business plan, a cheeky manifesto, and thoughtful essays on issues ranging from food pantries to fried chicken. Plus, a comic. Ultimately, Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant presents an iconoclastic vision of cooking and eating in twenty-first century America.
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Anthony Lucas from Anthony's Cookies in San Francisco gives a talk at Google through their Chefs@Google series. Anthony's Cookies is one of the most popular cookie bakeries in San Francisco and is constantly featured as one of San Francisco's best eats by 7x7SF.
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New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin visits Google's Mountain View, CA, headquarters to discuss his book "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court." This event took place on October 4, 2007, as part of the Authors@Google series.

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