Today the New Yorker Festival announced its program, which you can see here. It takes place in Manhattan, of course, and from Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12. As always, there are tons of things to see. And, I get to be in it, in a LOLzy program of debate—to wit:
I will of course be wearing my Hili shirt.
This will be about the most fun thing I’ve done in years, though I’m not yet sure what I’ll say in defense of cats (reader suggestions welcome, though I want my talk to be lighthearted and infused with some biology and evolution).
By the way, Team Cat, led by Anthony Lane (one of the two film critics of The New Yorker, and a critic I much admire) will include, besides me, Joyce Carol Oates (who has a cat; see below), Anthony Hutcherson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ariel Levy. The others are on Team D*g, led by my friend Adam Gopnik and including Malcom Gladwell, author of Fetch: How We Made Dogs our Slaves.
If you click on the screenshot below, you can go to the “buy tickets” site; these go on sale at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 and are available for exactly 24 hours. I suppose they’re anticipating a sellout crowd, which is nice.
What? The cats can’t be there to see their great victory? For we will win! I am really looking forward to it, and to meeting those great people with whom I’ll debate.
I get tickets to some other events, too, so it will be extra fun. Stephen Sondheim is talking, as are Neil Young (I really want to see that!), Larry David, Lena Dunham,, Julianna Marguiles, Randy Newman, Roz Chast, and Jeff Goldblum. So much to do, and so little time!
Any suggestions appreciated, for it for the Great Cause.