Many thanks to all of you who engaged in a raucous, riotous dissection of Eugene Robinson's Disintegration last night. The discussion didn't completely end until almost 9:00... a new record! I was delighted and impressed with the range of opinions, and the thoughtful, passionate way they were articulated.
Just wanted to put in another plug for The Interrupters, which we'll be showing next Wednesday January 25th here at EPL, at 6:30, in conjunction with ReelTime and the Evanston Community Foundation. Also, the week of January 29th-February 1st, we're focusing on Michelle Alexander's sobering study, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness. Dr Alexander is speaking at Garrett Theological Seminary on February 1st at 5:00 pm, and the EPL Teen Loft is hosting a teens-only discussion of the book on Sunday January 29th at 1:00 pm. Please help spread the word!
Meanwhile, back in AAL book land, registration is open for our February 14th discussion: Extraordinary, Ordinary People, Condoleeza Rice's memoir of her childhood in Birmingham Alabama, and her gradual rise to Secretary of State under President George Bush. Condi may not be a favorite with all of us, but her remarkable story is certainly worth re-visiting, especially in light of our conversation about the "Transcendent" and whether or not they are maintaining their connection with the rest of Black America. Call 847-448-8620 to register and book your copy.