Their first book, Freakonomics (2005), sold more than 4 million copies and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. Turns out people love a juicy stats story (just look at the success of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers ). But we’re curious if the controversy surrounding their latest yarns in SuperFreakonomics – namely, a chapter on nontraditional solutions to global warming – will dampen the spirits of UChicago economics professor Levitt and journalist Dubner. Even Levitt’s colleagues are weighing in on how he’s “ruining the dismal science” – that’s gotta hurt. Want to hear what the authors have to say about volcanoes cooling the planet? Or how drunk-walking is eight times as dangerous as drunk-driving? Stop by Town Hall Seattle tonight at 7 ($30 entrance fee, includes a copy of SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance).
For more on Levitt and Dubner, check out their Freakonomics blog
This week’s silent movie marathon at Paramount Theatre includes the 1916 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Adventures of Prince Achmed and Lost World with Jim Riggs accompanying each on the Wurlitzer organ. All we have to say about Lost World is that dinosaurs are involved. A 1925 silent film about dinosaurs. Think about it.