Start your summer off right!
Join us on TUESDAY, JUNE 10th at 8PM
as JEFF SHARLET and JOANN WYPIJEWSKI read in support of GOOD OLD LOWER EAST SIDE (GOLES).
As always, we’ll be at The Flying Saucer, located at 494 Atlantic Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street, in Brooklyn, NY.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE THERE:
Jeff Sharlet is a journalist and author of the books Killing the Buddha and The Family. He is a contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Mother Jones, New York, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia Journalism Review, Oxford American, New Statesman, Forward, Nerve, and The Baffler.
“Just when we thought the Christian right was crumbling, Jeff Sharlet delivers a rude shock: One of its most powerful and cult-like core groups, the Family, has been thriving. Sharlet’s book is one of the most compelling and brilliantly researched exposes you’ll ever read — just don’t read it alone at night!”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, and Dancing in the Streets
They are the Family—fundamentalism’s avant-garde, waging spiritual war in the halls of American power and around the globe. They consider themselves the new chosen, congressmen, generals, and foreign dictators who meet in confidential cells, to pray and plan for a “leadership led by God,” to be won not by force but through “quiet diplomacy.” Their base is a leafy estate overlooking the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia, and Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have written from inside its walls.
JoAnn Wypijewski is an independent journalist and columnist for Mother Jones magazine. For eighteen years, from 1982 to 2000, she was an editor at The Nation magazine. She has written for that magazine, as well as for Harper’s, CounterPunch, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian of London and other publications. She is the editor of several books including Painting by Numbers: Komar and Melamid’s Scientific Guide to Art, which was called “a wonderfully tricky work of art” by The New York Times editorial page, and The Thirty Years Wars: Dispatches and Diversions of a Radical Journalist, 1965-1994, the collected work of Andrew Kopkind. Wypijewski lives in New York City, where she has been active for tenants’ rights and preservation of the Lower East Side since 1980. She is one of the founders and president of Kopkind, a summer project for radical journalists and organizers based in Guilford, Vermont, and dedicated to the memory of Andrew Kopkind.
About GOOD OLD LOWER EAST SIDE (GOLES):
As a neighborhood housing and preservation organization, GOLES is dedicated to tenants’ rights, homelessness prevention and community revitalization. A group of Lower East Siders founded GOLES in 1977. Since then, GOLES has worked with our neighbors to preserve quality, affordable housing and to prevent displacement and homelessness. Through organizing and advocacy, GOLES has helped tenants know their rights, save their homes and preserve their community by fighting for safe, affordable housing. Visit their website at www.goles.org.