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Good Life: Interintellect Fall Fiesta NYC

October 21, 2023 at 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

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Legendary author Larissa MacFarquhar on how to be good. Existentialist philosopher Skye Cleary and poet Grace Bialecki on how to be poetic. Media expert Kyla Scanlon on how to make sense of the economy. Three incredible offline salons, and then a gentle DJ party to celebrate autumn, ideas, friendship, and community. Come join us!



Larissa MacFarquhar: How to Be Good

The author of “Strangers Drowning: Voyages to the Brink of Moral Extremity“, and famed for her New Yorker profiles of, e.g., Derek Parfit, Hilary Mantel and Harold Bloom, joins us for a conversation about the nature of goodness: Is it real? Is it realistic? Is it expectable? Can it survive our fast-paced, individualistic lifestyle? We will talk about saints, martyrs, EA, NGOs, and normal humans like ourselves.

Grace Bialecki: How to Be Poetic – Hosted by Skye Cleary

Join poet and meditation teacher Grace Bialecki and philosopher Skye Cleary for an evening of poetic inspiration. We’ll listen to poetry, discuss the creative process, meditate poetically, and practice writing embodied poetry.

Kyla Scanlon: How to Understand the Economy

Join this conversation about the economy from a human-focused lens, led by writer and economist Kyla Scanlon. Together, we will dive into what makes it work, how it continues to work, and how it can work even better.

Autumn Acoustics: DJ set by Skye Cleary




2:30 pm – Doors open

3 pm to 4:15 pm – How to Be Good 

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm – How to Be Poetic 

6:15 pm to 7:30 pm – How to Understand the Economy

7:45 pm to 9:30 pm – Autumn Acoustics

10 pm – Doors close



Recommended readings:

  • By Larissa MacFarquhar
  1. How to Be Good: An Oxford Philosopher Thinks He Can Distill All Morality into a Formula. Is He Right?
  2. The Dead Are Real: Hilary Mantel’s Imagination.
  3. The Prophet of Decline: Harold Bloom’s Influential Anxieties.
  • By Skye Cleary
  • By Grace Bialecki
  1. Youth.
  2. 29 Days to France.
  3. Purple Gold.
  4. Unsolicited Advice for the End Times.
  • By Kyla Scanlon
  1. Gen Z and Financial Nihilism.
  2. The Vibecession: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
  3. How Individualism Changed the Economy.



Refreshments will be provided. The event is part of the Arts and Minds: Conversations in New York – Interintellect x Museum Mile series.

This is a members only event. Please sign in to RSVP.



October 21, 2023
2:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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