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The Human Scale by Lawrence Wright
December 3, 2009 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
A One-Man Performance by Lawrence Wright,
author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Presented by The Center on Law and Security
at NYU School of Law
for one night only!
Thursday, December 3rd
3 Legged Dog Media and Theater Group,
80 Greenwich St.
(between Rector and Edgar Streets)
Following up on his essay Captives in the November 9th issue of The New Yorker, Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, screenwriter, and playwright of My Trip to Al Qaeda, will premier his newest work, The Human Scale – another philosophical exploration into one of the most searing political conflicts of our day.
Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, fellow at the Center on Law and Security, and a staff writer for The New Yorker.
He is a graduate of Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the American University in Cairo, where he taught English and received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics in 1969. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1971, Wright began his writing career at the Race Relations Reporter in Nashville, Tennessee. Two years later, he went to work for Southern Voices, a publication of the Southern Regional Council in Atlanta, Georgia, and began to freelance for various national magazines. In 1980, Wright returned to Texas to work for Texas Monthly. He also became a contributing editor to Rolling Stone. In December, 1992, he joined the staff of The New Yorker, where he published a number of notable articles, which have won him the National Magazine Award for Reporting as well as the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, and Overseas Press Club’s Ed Cunningham Award for best magazine reporting.
Wright is the co-writer (with Ed Zwick and Menno Meyjes) of The Siege, starring Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis and Annette Bening, which appeared in November 1998. He also wrote the script of the Showtime movie, Noriega: God’s Favorite, directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Bob Hoskins, which aired in April 2000.
His history of al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf, 2006) was published to immediate and widespread acclaim, spending eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and being translated into twenty-five languages. It was nominated for the National Book Award and won the Lionel Gelber Award for nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Award for History, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
In 2006, he premiered his one-man play, “My Trip to al-Qaeda,” at The New Yorker Festival, and then enjoyed a sold-out six-week run at the Culture Project in Soho. It is now being made into a documentary film, directed by Alex Gibney, who won the 2008 Academy Award for Feature Documentary.
Wright has published six previous books. City Children, Country Summer (Scribner’s, 1979), In the New World: Growing Up with America, 1960 – 1984 (Knopf, 1988), Saints & Sinners (Knopf, 1993), Remembering Satan (Knopf, 1994), Twins: Genes, Environment, and the Mystery of Identity (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1997; Wiley & Sons, 1998), and God’s Favorite (Simon & Schuster, 2000).