Columbus: Lewis H. Lapham on "Age of Folly"

Event date: 
11/03/2016 - 7:00pm

Harper's Magazine and Book Culture invite you to join us on Thursday, November 3rd at 7pm for a special reading and signing with Lewis H. Lapham, author of the new book Age of Folly: America Abandons Its Democracy. Joining him in conversation is Terry McDonnell, author of The Accidental Life.

America's leading essayist on the frantic retreat of democracy, in the fire and smoke of the war on terror 

In twenty-five years of imperial adventure, America has laid waste to its principles of democracy. The self-glorifying march of folly steps off at the end of the Cold War, in an era when delusions of omnipotence allowed the market to climb to virtual heights, while society was divided between the selfish and frightened rich and the increasingly debt-ridden and angry poor. The new millennium saw the democratic election of an American president nullified by the Supreme Court, and the pretender launching a wasteful, vainglorious and never-ending war on terror, doomed to end in defeat and the loss of America's prestige abroad. 

All this culminates in the sunset swamp of the 2016 election a farce dominated by Donald Trump, a self-glorifying photo-op bursting star-spangled bombast in air. This spectacle would be familiar to Aristotle, whose portrayal of the prosperous fool describes a class of people who consider themselves worthy to hold public office, for they already have the things that give them a claim to office.

LEWIS H. LAPHAM is the founding Editor of Lapham’s Quarterly and the Editor Emeritus of Harper’s. His columns received the National Magazine Award in 1995 for exhibiting “an exhilarating point of view in an age of conformity,” and, in 2002, the Thomas Paine Journalism Award. He was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame in 2007. His other books include Money and Class in AmericaFortune’s ChildImperial MasqueradeThe Wish for KingsHotel AmericaWaiting for the BarbariansTheater of WarThe Agony of MammonGag Rule, and Pretensions to Empire.

TERRY McDONELL has won numerous awards for his editorial work at various magazines and websites . He is also a novelist and poet, and has written and produced for film and television. In 2012 he was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame. He is the president of the board of the Paris Review Foundation and serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review. He lives in New York City."

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New York, NY 10024
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ISBN: 9781784787110
Published: Verso - October 11th, 2016