A dance party hosted by Sasha Frere-Jones? A tour of Chinatown led by Calvin Trillin? An “Evening with” Sigur Ros? These things could only be happening at the New Yorker Festival — a magical weekend in October where quasi-celebrities like Jonathan Safran-Foer exchange witticisms and host whimsical yet edifying events.
But then there’s this:
THE NEW YORKER DEBATE
Resolved: The Ivy League Should Be Abolished
With Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Gopnik. Chaired by Simon Schama.
8 P.M. New York Society for Ethical Culture ($20)
Of course, who better to rend the vicious coils of elitism than the ink-stained class-warriors of the New Yorker? Who else has labored in unceasing antagonism to every form of snobbery, turning its monocle of social justice upon the outrages of the patrician class? Who else knows the streets because they’ve lived the streets? Fearless men of steel with names like McGrath, Paumgarten, and Denby.
…more to come…