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Events Thu Oct 21 2010

Chris Lehmann @ Stop Smiling


Head to the Stop Smiling storefront tonight for an evening with Chris Lehmann. The Baffler and Book Forum editor will be discussing his new book Rich People Things,
a critical and witty look into the overburndened lives of the well-to-do. Not a mere listing of ridiculous trinkets, the titular "Things" are defined very broadly - he mentions the iPad, sure, but also Malcolm Gladwell, Ayn Rand, and the Democratic Party ("One can think of many descriptors for a party that plods so relentlessly down a path of upward-tending, corporate-driven economic aims - but 'populist' and 'socialist' are definitely not among them"). The book is available exclusively from the publisher's website, Lehmann says, "since my publisher has his own separate anti-Amazon crusade, which most definitely should prevent me from joining the ranks of the Rich People." Journalist Tom Frank says "Chris Lehmann gives the mountebanks and plutocrats of this world the drubbing they deserve. His scoffing is a tonic." Nickel and Dimed author Barabara Ehrenreich calls the book "social criticism at its scorching-hot best." Stop Smiling, 1371 N. Milwaukee. Thursday, October 21, 6:30pm. RSVP to

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