A Cry from the Far Middle: Book Discussion with P.J. O'Rourke

  • Nov 17, 2020
  • 02:00 Pacific Time (US & Canada)



Please join us for a discussion and Q&A on P.J. O'Rourke's new book, A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land.

In his new book, A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided LandP.J. O’Rourke says we’ve worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and it’s no surprise because perplexed and angry is what Americans have been since the Roanoke Colony got lost. This astute and entertaining look at the current state of these United States includes essays on everything from our fraught history (“Oh Beautiful for… Pilgrim Feet?”) to the political effects of social media (“Whose Bright Idea Was It to Make Sure that Every Idiot in the World Is in Touch with Every Other Idiot?”). A plan is advanced to reform federal poverty programs, “Just Give Them the Money.” And a rant is made against the “Internet of Things” because your juicer is sending fake news to your FitBit about what’s in your refrigerator.

Included is a quiz to determine whether you’re a “Coastal” or a “Heartlander” (you know organic, fair-traded, locavore, and gluten-free, but do you know hay from straw?), an impassioned plea to license politicians (as opposed to licensing beauticians!), and much more.

Mary L.G. Theroux, our Senior Vice President, will join P.J. to discuss all of this and more during our virtual event on the 17th. Questions from the audience are welcomed and can be submitted through thinkspot during the event!

P. J. O’Rourke is a Founding Member of the Board of Advisors for the Independent Institute. He has written twenty books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, and editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.

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