Those of us of a certain age recall our mothers telling us that watching too much tv would rot our brains. New generation, new warning. Call it Boob Tube 2.0. We're talking about the computer here. Or more specifically how spending too much time online may make us less capable of dealing with big, complex ideas. In “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” Nicholas Carr lays out the neuroscientific case. You can hear him discuss his work on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge.
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June 27 to July 3
TODAY: Poets Sam Hamill, Kevin Bowen, Fred Marchant, and F.D. Reeve read at 4 p.m., at Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge … Poet Patrick Donnelly and Sinan Unel (“Writing for Stage and Screen”) read at 7 p.m., at Marran Theater, Lesley University, 47 Oxford St., Cambridge … James Craig (“Frank Vining Smith: Maritime Painting in the 20th Century”) leads a gallery tour and signs books at 2 p.m., at Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove St. Sandwich; for reservations, call 508-888-3300 x 102.
MONDAY: Fiction writers Rachel Kadish and Bill Lychack read at 7 p.m., at Marran Theater, Lesley University.
TUESDAY: Jay Atkinson discusses “Paradise Road,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Tom Bissell discusses “Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Bret Anthony Johnston hosts of discussion of Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Leslie Brunetta reads from “Spider Silk,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge.
WEDNESDAY: Alan Furst discusses “Spies of the the Balkans,” at 6 p.m., at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline ($5) … Essayist and “This American Life” contributor David Rakoff reads at 7 p.m., at Marran Theater, Lesley University … Brando Skyhorse reads from “Madonnas of Echo Park,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Marcy Dermansky (“Bad Marie”) and Ben Greenman (“What He’s Poised to Do”) read at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store.
THURSDAY: James Sullivan discusses “Seven Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Charles Ogletree discusses “The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates and Race, Class, and Crime in America,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.
FRIDAY: W. Craig Reed discusses “Red November,” at 7 p.m., at Borders, 430 Legacy Place, Dedham,
SATURDAY: Patrick Robinson discusses “Intercept,’ at 3 p.m., at Titcomb’s Bookshop, 432 Route 6A, East Sandwich.
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