Radical Readers.... Texts that Changed the World
A monthly reading/discussion group held at the Gryphon Cafe (across the street from the church). It's always a lively discussion, and involves people from the church and from the community.
Tuesday June 13th, 7:00 p.m. at the Gryphon Café.
This month we are tackling a highly controversial current book, Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America. When Murray published The Bell Curve in 1994, he ignited a fire-storm of criticism from social scientists and liberal commentators because of his views on race, genetics, and IQ. His new book, Coming Apart, has been met with a much more mixed reception. Here Murray depicts white elites as hypocrites living in a bubble, and the white working class as succumbing to moral decay.
David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times, pre-emptively declared it the most important book of the year, saying, “I’ll be shocked if there’s another book that so compellingly describes the most important trends in American society.” But to critics on the left Mr. Murray’s arguments are just an effort to change the subject. Defining the problem as one of cultural inequality instead of economic inequality, as the New York Magazine blogger Jonathan Chait put it, allows one to start talking about marriage and industriousness and “steer the debate back onto comfortable conservative terrain.”
This one is guaranteed to create a lively discussion! Come join us.