On 17 September I talked with journalist Naomi Klein about her just-published book The Shock Doctrine (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt), which explains how the followers of economist Milton Friedman manipulated natural and political crises and employed shock techniques to try to force extreme free-market capitalism on the world (in Chile, Argentina, Britain, the United States, Poland, Russia, South Africa, China and SE Asia, to mention the most glaring examples, and how these techniques are now playing out in Iraq, Israel and the US, New Orleans being the classic contemporary case. This is the best book on the world political-economic situation I've read in years. Naomi Klein will speak at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary) in San Francisco at 7:30 PM on Wednesday 26 September in a reading sponsored by City Lights Books.
In the second half of the program I talked with novelist Oakley Hall, whose most recent novel Love and War in California was published by St Martin's Press last June. Literature Alive!'s Wordslingers Festival will present Oakley Hall the Man/Oakley Hall the Band at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley at 7 PM on Sunday 23 September. The event will celebrate Hall's fiction in the first half of the program, followed by a performance by the Brooklyn-based band Oakley Hall, which took its name from the novelist, in the second half. The Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley will present a special showing of the movie Warlock, which was based on Hall's best-known novel, at midnight on Saturday 22 September.
I also mentioned the Nevada County Poetry Series' next reading, featuring Gary Cooke, Kirsten Casey, Judy Halebsky, Iven Lourie and Scott Young, which will take place at 7:30 PM on Thursday 20 September at the Center for the Arts Off-Center Stage in Grass Valley.
I finally mentioned Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai, who will appear in Sacramento twice on Friday 21 September. At 1:30 PM she will lead a community tree-planting at the south-east corner of the State Capitol grounds, opposite the Rose Garden. At 7:30 PM, she will present her recently published memoir Unbowed (Anchor Books) at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N Street.
To hear this program, click here.
posted by Eric Tomb and others 9:51 PM