Mon, 4 April 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST


The Meaning of Luck – an Investigation Into Chance, Risk, and Fortune

David Flusfeder In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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Is there actually such a thing as ‘luck’? What does it mean to be lucky? How might we mitigate the effects of bad luck and maximise those of good?

To answer these questions, novelist, critic and poker columnist David Flusfeder set out on a search for the definition of luck. Starting at the British Library in London and following the dictates of an online randomiser, Flusfeder followed in the footsteps of some victors of luck and those who were defeated by it, from ancient times to the modern day.

His quest took him to Siberia, Versailles, and the Old Testament desert; to Cambridge with Wittgenstein and Baden-Baden with Dostoevsky; deep into the science of probability and chance; and into the intensely personal story of his father’s good fortune in escaping war-time Poland.

In this livestream event, David will ask fundamental questions about the world, ourselves, our place in it. In these questions, about our relationships to fortune, to risk, to opportunity, to chance, destiny and fate, we will find ourselves deciding who we are and how we might choose to live.

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David Flusfeder

Novelist and Poker Columnist

David Flusfeder has published seven novels, including The Gift and, most recently, John the Pupil. His opera, Army of Lovers, written in collaboration with the composer Mark Springer, received its UK premiere in November 2019. He has been a television critic for The Times and a poker columnist for The Sunday Telegraph.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.