1. This week we are sharing, in celebration of 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center’s 75th anniversary, five new installments—one per day—of our 75 at 75 project, which features recordings from the Poetry Center’s archive and personal responses by contemporary authors. Today it’s J. Michael Lennon on a recording of Norman Mailer from 1998; topics included Hillary Clinton and Jesus.

    [Mailer] felt differently about Hillary and once said that she was the smartest woman he had ever met. He admired her defense of her man and the “vast and huge desire for power on her brow.” Mailer predicted that she would be elected president in 2004 or 2008 and would become a “legend in America.” Just before he died in 2007, Mailer sent both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaign contributions.

    Lennon will be at 92Y this Sunday for a conversation with Colum McCann about his new biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life.

  2. Miri Ben-Ari featuring Scarface & Anthony Hamilton - “Sunshine to the Rain”

    "If you want to get jazzed up or relax at home, you put on Miri Ben-Ari!" - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    If you haven’t heard of hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari, it’s probably time to get acquainted. She studied with Isaac Stern in Tel Aviv, before immigrating to the US where she developed her signature style. She has collaborated with Jay-Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys and Wynton Marsalis, and shared a Grammy Award with Kanye West for “Jesus Walks.”

    See her at 92Y in March when she talks with Tablet editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse.

  3. Rebecca Traister talks with Nora Ephron about Politics, Life and the Future of Women

    Nora Ephron joined Rebecca Traister at 92nd Street Y on June 9 for discussion moderated by Allison Stewart about politics, life and the future of women.

    In the highlights seen above, the women discussed Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and what has changed for women in American politics.

    Starting the discussion around the well-known phrase, “well-behaved women rarely make history,” Traister said she’s “developed a kind of rugged admiration for Sarah Palin, despite the fact that I disagree with every word that comes out of her mouth.”

    Stewart followed up with a poignant question: “Why haven’t more women gotten involved in political office?” Watch the highlights above to hear discussion on that topic and more, including Stewart reading from Nora Ephron’s latest book, I Remember Nothing.

    And what’s your answer to Stewart’s question: “Why haven’t more women gotten involved in political office?”

    Coming up on June 23 at 92Y: Eva Gabrielsson in Conversation with Gloria Steinem. Tickets are available here.

    [92Y Lectures & Conversations]