THE BROOKLYN RAIL PRESENTS RANTRHAPSODY #19 “THE ABSURDITY OF HOPE”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH, BLUESTOCKINGS BOOKSTORE, 7:30PM

As the new age dawns all over us, we feel that now is an opportune time to take a breath and appreciate the profound contradictions some of us are feeling during these momentous times. Optimism washes over us like a heat flash brought on by a titillating advertisement, we feel briefly feint with luminous expectation, only to find ourselves suddenly jarred out of our pre-coital daze, coolly eyeing the political landscape for clues as to where we actually are and where we might be going. We feel skeptical. Sometimes we worry that this makes us bad hopers, but nevertheless there it is, the jaundiced eye peering into the murky crystal ball, and we are left to wonder: “Just what is this Hope thing, anyway?”

In the thick of this moment between hope and skepticism, some friends of ours put words and pictures to some of our better hopes and released this as “tactical media,” into the world. Some of you may have seen it: http://www.nytms-se.com/. This Saturday, a few of the Hoaxsters will re-visit their shenanigan. Their remembrances will be complemented by the edifying, amusing, anecdotal, analytical, political, polemical, and poignant musings of several angry and/or euphoric writers:

The Hoaxsters:
Stephen Duncombe (author, “Dream: Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy”)
Steve Lambert (Anti-Advertising Agency, Eyebeam Fellow)
Joseph Huff Hannon (The Nation, the Progressive, the Advocate, In These Times)
Jeff Crouse (Eyebeam Fellow)

The Writers:
Andrew Boyd (author, Daily Afflictions and PoMo to Go)
Katherine Sharpe (editor, 400 words, a literary-journal-meets-social-experiment)
Virginia Vitzhum (author, I Love You, Let’s Meet)
Poet POW-VOC

RANT RHAPSODY #19
Saturday, February 7, 7:00pm
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St./Stanton
F train to Delancey or 2nd Avenue, or JMZ to Delancey

 
People: Steve Lambert
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