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Book Launch & Tribute: A Colossal Wreck by Alexander Cockburn, with Laura Flanders, Daisy Cockburn, Laura Flanders, Andrew Cockburn, Doug Henwood, and Connor Kilpatrick
Sep 19, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
Written just prior to his death in July 2012, Cockburn’s memoir is a riotous road trip through nearly two decades of American culture and politics. Laura Flanders, Daisy Cockburn, Laura Flanders, Andrew Cockburn, Doug Henwood, and Connor Kilpatrick will read and reflect upon the late journalist’s work. The Nation will be co-sponsoring the event.
About A COLOSSAL WRECK:
“Alex struck American journalism like lightning,” Michael Tomasky of the Daily Beast wrote in July, 2012, after the passing of radical journalist Alexander Cockburn. Indeed, as one of the most influential writers of his generation, the Irish American Cockburn had introduced a singular and much-needed critical voice to the Nation, the Village Voice, Wall Street Journal, his own powerful newsletter, CounterPunch, and many other publications. At once a fearless campaigner and matchless stylist, Cockburn—in the words of the Atlantic—“would say all the outrageous things his blank Yank counterparts lack the wit, courage, erudition, or épater-spirit to utter on their own.”
A Colossal Wreck is the final masterpiece from Cockburn, assembled as a riotous road trip through the last decade of American politics and culture. Along the way, Cockburn deploys his caustic wit to skewer the hypocrisy and corruption in Washington—from the warmongering of Bush and Cheney to the liberal hypocrisies of Clinton and Obama—and reflects with astonishing insight upon the defining moments of the era: ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, the cruelties of Palestinian occupation, 9/11 and the ensuing invasions, the Wall Street crash, and more.
Told with candor and spirit, Cockburn’s provocative political travelogue is woven through with deep learning and unique insights, as he frankly brings us into intimate contact with the works and lives of famous friends and enemies alike. His heartfelt memoriam to Edward Said, acerbic reflections on ex-friend Christopher Hitchens, and pithy remarks on his many dealings with other literary power players paint a picture of a journalist with irrepressible verve and unflagging convictions. With a legacy that lives on not only in innumerable columns, articles and books, but also in the many writers he mentored, Cockburn’s career was a tumultuous ride across America’s intellectual landscape.