What’s the Matter With Kansas and Listen, Liberal author and journalist Thomas Frank will read from his new book of essays, Rendezvous With Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society on July 18 at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Bookstore Iowa City.
What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of economic triumph, America’s winners persuade themselves that they owe nothing to the rest of the country. For those who despair of the future of our country and of reason itself, Rendezvous with Oblivion is a booster shot of energy, reality, and moral outrage.
Thomas Frank is a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper’s, the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for The Guardian. He lives outside Washington, D.C.
“A decade of fraud, exploitation, and hypocrisy gets mercilessly dissected in these caustic essays. . . . In several trenchant pieces probing Donald Trump’s rise, Frank avoids simplistic claims of voter bigotry and instead emphasizes issues of trade, economic decline, and the Democrats’ abandonment of the working class for a politics of centrist neoliberalism. Frank’s combination of insightful analysis, moral passion, and keen satirical wit make these essays both entertaining and an important commentary on the times.” — PW starred review