Life is an Op-Ed: On Making Opinions in an Age of Bewilderment
Never have we had access to so much data, and never has our ability to make informed, durable, practical opinions been more challenged. As an opinion writer for The New York Times, Jennifer Senior is paid to make opinions. But that’s no simple task in this age of “hot takes” and information overload—not to mention outright misinformation. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of current affairs, alongside a guide for the perplexed in the age of Twitter, as Senior discusses her vision of a literary punditry which joins deep thinking with old-fashioned reporting—and ample doses of time and solitude.
An Op-Ed writer at The New York Times, Jennifer Senior has also been a daily Times book critic and a staff writer for New York magazine. Her best-selling book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, has been translated into 12 languages, and her work has been anthologized in many essay collections, including four volumes of “The Best American Political Writing.” Often fusing her insights with social science, Senior’s work unpacks, with rigor and tenderness, the everyday implications of politics, technology, and popular culture. Her op-eds have ranged, in the last year alone, on the subjects of illiberalism in publishing to the “privacy paradox,” to a defense of Fortnite, to an observation—in real-time—of the surprising tragedy of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony. As a bonus, here’s Senior on the subject of this evening’s conversation itself—the problem we have making heads or tails of a culture that is designed to melt our brains.