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Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur of Mental Floss magazine visit Google's headquarters in Mountain View, CA. This event took place on October 18, 2007 as part of the Authors@Google series.
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Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings visits Google's Mountain View, CA, headquarters to discuss his book "Brainiac," a guidebook through the world of competitive trivia. In conversation with Google employee and former Jeopardy! tournament of champions winner Ryan 'Fritz' Holznagel as part of Google's Authors@Google speaker series on September 20, 2006.
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This unconventional and lighthearted introduction to the ideas of the major Western philosophers examines The Simpsons — TV's favorite animated family. The authors look beyond the jokes, the crudeness, the attacks on society — and see a clever display of irony, social criticism, and philosophical thought. The writers begin with an examination of the characters. Does Homer actually display Aristotle's virtues of character? In what way does Bart exemplify American pragmatism? The book also examines the ethics and themes of the show, and concludes with discussions of how the series reflects the work of Aristotle, Marx, Camus, Sartre, and other thinkers. William Irwin is professor of philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania This event took place on May 7, 2008, as a part of the Authors@Google series.
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A stylish and hilarious novel about the lives and loves of well-to-do young Manhattanites in their first year on Wall Street, destined to become one of the year's most buzzed-about debuts. Mergers & Acquisitions is the story of Tommy Quinn, a recent Georgetown grad who has just landed the job of his dreams as an investment banker at J. S. Spenser, and the perfect girl, Frances Sloan, the daughter of one of New York's oldest moneyed families. As he travels from the most exclusive ball rooms of the Racquet and Tennis Club to the stuffiest boardrooms of J. S. Spenser, from the golf links of Piping Rock to the bedrooms of Park Avenue to the Ritalin-strewn prep-school dorm room of his younger brother, he finds that the job and the girl are not what they once seemed. Dana Vachon was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and raised in Chappaqua, New York. He attended Duke University, graduating, as he claims, "cum nihilo" in 2002. Following graduation, Vachon landed a job at J. P. Morgan as an analyst and began work on this novel. His writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Men's Vogue, The New York Times, and Salon. This event took place on April 16, 2008, as a part of the Authors@Google series.
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Bill Wasik visits Google to discuss his book "And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture". This event took place on June 18, 2009, as part of the Authors@Google series.
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Kamal Sarma visits Google's New York, NY office to discuss his book "Mental Resilience: The Power of Clarity." This event took place on September 28, 2011 as part of the Authors@Google series. Management consultant and former monk Sarma aims to help readers reduce stress, gain focus, and maintain clarity. Calling his approach to meditation "mental resilience training," he discusses everything related to its theory, practice, and application as well as provides step-by-step instructions for correctly executing postures, attaining deep calm, and acquiring insight. Sarma's presentation of meditation will appeal both to businesspeople (to whom he's been teaching these techniques for ten-odd years) as well as to those who would like to engage in the practice without the mysticism component.
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Authors@Google welcomes New York City Firefighter Matt Long. In a chat with Michael Anderson, Matt discusses his book, The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete. The book tells the story of Matt's emotional and inspiring memoir of learning to run again after a debilitating accident, based on the wildly popular March 2009 piece in Runner's World. On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long was cycling to work in the early morning when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of his life. Miraculously, more than 40 operations and months later, Matt was able to start his recovery. In spite of the severity of his injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. He would no longer be able to compete at the highest level. In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 events including several triathlons and marathons and had qualified for running's most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, his doctor told him he'd be lucky if he could even walk without a cane. The Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matt's determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The book chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon. "Running saved my life," Matt says, and his embrace of the running community and insistence on competing in the marathon has inspired many, turning him into a symbol of hope and recovery for untold numbers of others. Matt has also started the I WILL Foundation which provides coaching, training and financial support to help people overcome adversity and challenges caused by illness or traumatic injury. Directed by Lee Stimmel