The Happier Hour: Philosophy To Help Life Suck Less

SAT // JAN 26 // 03:30PM

This month: FAILURE

“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

Already failed your New Year’s Resolutions? You’re in great company because this month we’re diving into the world of FAILURE. If our society’s obsession with success has you down, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran are here to help you commit to failure to lift you back up!

The Happier Hour is a monthly event series bringing philosophy out of the ivory tower of academia and into our modern day agora: the bar. Each show features a philosophy professor and a philosophic-ish expert.  It’s like the self-help section– only way funnier, smarter, and with booze. And now it’s a podcast too! #thehappierhour

Doors 3:30pm, show 4:00pm.
Tickets $15 adv / $20 door.
This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served.


Monica McCarthy is the creator and host of the live event and podcast, The Happier Hour: Philosophy To Help Life Suck Less. She is also the founder of  Cheshire Parlour, a communications consulting agency bringing meaningful dialogues to communities including The School of Life, Holstee, Impact Hub, 92Y, and Escape The City, where she has curated and facilitated hundreds of events focused on purpose and interdisciplinary connections. Monica is also an actress, and has performed on Broadway and in television and film, from from NYC to LA to Japan to the UK. Speaking of travel, Monica's passport is never far away. So far her travels have taken her to about 50 countries on 6 continents and counting. But she still has zero sense of direction. @MissMMcCarthy


James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor, and writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies, some of which failed, several of which he sold for large exits. He has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, and angel funds, and he currently sits on the boards of several companies. But more important, James has been inspiring people both in person through hundreds of events and through weekly Q&A Twitter sessions by speaking on topics including stress, fear, anxiety, money, and relationships.

His writing has appeared in most major national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC, Elephant Journal, Tech Crunch, Forbes, and CNBC. His blog, The Altucher Confidential, has attracted more than 10 million readers since its launch in 2010. He is the author of eleven books, including the motivational bestseller Choose Yourself and I Was Blind but Now I See.  @JAltucher

Olivia Goldhill reports on philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience for Quartz's science desk. She's especially interested in the hard problem of consciousness, challenging accepted truths, and how philosophy shapes contemporary society. She's from London and was a features writer at The Daily Telegraph in the UK before joining Quartz in New York. She has a BA in philosophy from Harvard University and an MA in journalism from City University, London.

Free personalized haikus by Lisa Markuson of Ars Poetica when the doors open!

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