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Friday, March 23 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
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 RJ Smith, “There Was a Time: James Brown in Augusta”

Dave Tompkins, “The Beat Who Cheated Death”

Carlo Rotella, “Shipping Up to Boston: A Pecking Order”

Moderator: Andrew Ross


Frank Harmon

Dave Tompkins’ vocoder book, How To Wreck A Nice Beach, was named entertainment book of the year by Amazon in 2010. His writing has appeared in Oxford American, Grantland, The Believer, Village Voice and The Wire.   Abstract: | | "The Beat Who Cheated Death" “The Beat Who Cheated Death” is a cultural, geological, and political history of Miami, propagating from a species of environmental architecture known as the Bass... Read More →

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. A contributor to the Nation, the Village Voice, New York Times, and Artforum, he is the author of many books, including No Respect: Intellectuals and Popular Culture, and he is the co-editor of Microphone Fiends: Youth Music and Youth Culture. His most recent book is Bird On Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City.

Carlo Rotella

Carlo Rotella, Director of American Studies and Professor of English at Boston College, writes regularly for the New York Times Magazine and Washington Post Magazine and writes an op-ed column for the Boston Globe. His next book, Playing in Time, will be published in 2012.   Abstract: | | "Shipping Up to Boston: A Pecking Order" Like Jonathan Papelbon, the Red Sox closer who enters to the strains of “Shipping Up to... Read More →

RJ Smith

RJ Smith has been a senior editor at Los Angeles magazine, a contributor to Blender, a columnist for The Village Voice, a staff writer at Spin, and a contributor to numerous other publications. His award-winning cultural history, The Great Black Way, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. His new biography of James Brown is titled The One.   Abstract: | | "There Was a Time: James Brown in Augusta" One city looms largest in the shaping of... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 11:15am - 12:45pm
The Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life (GC) 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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