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A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land

(Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020)
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September 15, 2020 1 - 2 PM EDT
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Featuring the author P.J. O’Rourke (@PJORourke), H. L. Mencken Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

As the left and right slide further apart, intrepid journalist P. J. O’Rourke has found himself with nowhere to go but the center. In his new book, A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land, the man who has covered wars in the Middle East, Central America, the Balkans, and other places around the world is now confronting political battles at home. Amid a pandemic and civil unrest, O’Rourke wonders if American politics will be fundamentally changed. His answer is a funny‐​yet‐​sobering thought for the future: “I’m betting that human nature will triumph over challenge and adversity. And I don’t mean that in a good way.”

Please join our Executive Vice President David Boaz for a conversation with “America’s funniest writer” (Wall Street Journal) and Cato H. L. Mencken Research Fellow P. J. O’Rourke.

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A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land

P.J. O’Rourke says we’ve worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and it’s no surprise because perplexed and angry is what America has always been about. This uproarious look at the current state of these United States includes essays like “Woke to the Sound of Laughter,” about the upside of being “woke” (and unable to get back to sleep); “Sympathy vs. Empathy,” which considers whether it’s better to hold people’s hands or bust into their heads; a brief digression “On the Additional Hell of the Internet of Things” because your juicer is sending fake news to your FitBit about what’s in your refrigerator; and many more.