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The Right Stuff
Marc Weingarten’s history of the New Journalism sets down the facts well. But wasn’t that the old journalism?
Foreign Correspondent: Said Hyder Akbar
The 20-year-old author of Come Back to Afghanistan is no seasoned reporter, but when Said Hyder Akbar moved back to Kabul from Oakland with his father three years ago, tape recorder in hand, he became fully embedded.
The Cultural Elite: Books
It wasn’t just E. L. Doctorow who looked into the past this year—though some didn’t look too far, with one 9/11 novel outshining the rest. Brooklyn writers kept themselves busy (when not feuding), graphic books continued to pop, Joan Didion redeemed the memoir, Mary Gaitskill made us happy-sad, and Donald Trump defended his authorial honor.
  Lectures and Panels
“Women in Power”
Barbara Corcoran, Helene Fortunoff, and Travelocity CEO Michelle Peluso discuss the challenges facing ambitious women today.

12/19 at 8:15. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (212-415-5500); $25.
Mike Wallace
The 60 Minutes legend reads from his memoir, Between You and Me.

12/20 at noon. Borders, 100 Broadway, nr. Wall St. (212-964-1988); free.
“Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season”
National Public Radio’s Susan Stamberg and friends read stories from the popular radio program.

12/21 at 7:30. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (212-415-5500); $20.
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“Animating Gumby”
A museum educator re-creates a clay version of the cartoon character and demonstrates the stop-motion-animation techniques used to make him move.

12/24 at noon. Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria (718-784-4520); free with $10 museum admission.
  Lectures and Panels
“The Sublime in Contemporary Art”
Guest lecturer Yasufumi Nakamori draws on examples from the museum’s current collection to illustrate a lecture on the titular topic.

12/26 at 11:30. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53 St., nr. Fifth Ave. (212-708-9400); free with $20 museum admission.
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  Case of the Benz
Rafi Zabor’s I, Wabenzi is a wild ride through grief—until it hits a disappointing detour.
  Lincoln's Melancholy
Joshua Wolf Shenk elegantly argues that Abraham Lincoln’s depression was the fire beneath his ambition.
  The Diviners
Rick Moody's latest is an ambitious, cerebral montage of American society circa the Bush v. Gore showdown of 2000.

Young Gun
A Nigerian plutocrat straight out of Harvard talks about the murderous school-age narrator of his first novel.


Roman à Clef Watch
Assistant lit—so last season—seems to have metastasized into several new genres.


'Tis a Sequel
Frank McCourt talks about his years as a city public-school teacher—and crafting the perfect pickup line.

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