Author: Ben Rosen

The Arts and Crafts of Biography

Frank Delaney moderates this panel featuring James Atlas, Sylvia Jukes Morris and David Nasaw on their works within the compelling non-fiction genre of biographies.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by James Atlas – Biographer of Belmore Schwartz Frank Delaney – BBC …Read More

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children & Identity

Andrew Solomon is interviewed by Judith Shulevitz about different families and raising unique children.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Judith Shulevitz – Journalist Andrew Solomon – Author, Winner of the National Book Award

Duchamp & Picasso: Two Men and a Bicycle

Francis Naumann (seated) and Pepe Karmel (standing) participate in a debate moderating by Jerry Saltz (center) on the merits of two great artists: Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Pepe Karmel – Professor of Art History, …Read More

From the Host…

  Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending February 4, ten new reviews were posted: THEATER Satchmo an the Waldorf Burial at Thebes Heisenberg BOOKS Anatomy of Love Dark Money MOVIES Youth MUSIC Barbara Carroll at Birdland OPERA Maria …Read More

A Place To Call Home

It’s been a long time since we’ve done it, but we just finished binge-watching a TV series. The last ones in memory are all British — “Foyle’s War,” “The House of Eliott,” and the original “House of Cards” (the Ian …Read More

Income Inequality: Consequences and Solutions

Janet Gornick moderates Paul Krugman, Darren Walker and Steven Pearlstein as they discuss the issues surrounding the problem on income inequality.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Janet Gornick – Professor, CUNY Paul Krugman – Nobel Prize winning economist Steven …Read More

Dealing with Iran

A session dealing with the U.S. relationship with Iran; featuring James Hoge, David Sanger, and former Ambassador William Luers, this expert panel is moderated by Michael Kramer. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by James Hoge – Senior Advisor at Teneo Intelligence …Read More

From the Host…

  Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending January 28, eight new reviews were posted: BOOKS A Manual for Cleaning Women The Story of My Teeth RESTAURANTS Fishtag Chef’s Club by “Food & Wine” MOVIES White God MUSIC …Read More

Guns in America

Gun violence, a growing issue in America, debated by Ed Rollins and Joe Nocera, and moderated by Jane Whitney. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Joe Nocera – Columnist for The New York Times Ed Rollins – Senior Advisor at Teneo …Read More

Election 2016: Assessing the Field

Leaders in political commentary Ed Rollins, Charlie Cook and Jay Kriegel sit down to take at look at the presidential contenders for 2016. An informative and humorous discussion on what might be happening in the race for president this year. …Read More

The Big Blur: Are Museums, Galleries and Auction Houses Getting Too Cozy?

Dodie Kazanjian sits down with independent galleries Francis Naumann, Amy Cappellazzo of Art Agency, Partners and Michael Govan of LACMA  to talk about the blurring boundaries between their institutions. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Amy Cappellazzo – Founder, Art Agency, …Read More

Race and Criminal Justice

Racism in the criminal justice system is a problem that does not seem to be ending anytime soon. Here, we bring together moderator Soledad O’Brien, the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Mayor of New Orleans Mitch …Read More

From the Host…

  Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, In the week ending Thursday, January 14th, the 13 new reviews below were posted:   BOOKS Founding Brothers Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock and Roll MOVIES Brooklyn The Hateful Eight Joy Youth …Read More

From the Host…

Dear VDP Member, In the week ending Thursday, January 7th, the 13 new reviews below were posted to the Virtual Dinner Party website, theVDP.com. BOOKS All the Light We Do Not See Democracy in America The Etymologicon The Nightingale MOVIES …Read More

Letter From London

Donna and I just returned from a visit to London. Here are my theatre (Br. sp.) notes, in order of my attendance. Farinelli and the King, which closed its run last night in London, is a new play starring Mark Rylance …Read More

Little Miss Sunshine

We just saw a delightful performance of this new musical creation of James Lapine (director and book) and William Finn (music and lyrics). Previously, they combined on the highly successful musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Based on …Read More