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Monday, October 28, 2013

Wednesday, October 30 - Brenda Stevenson on Latasha Harlins

Tonight on Bibliocracy:  BRENDA STEVENSON.  My guest tonight has composed an all-too-real nonfiction story which transcends only historical analysis, and instead both taps into our collective memories and perceptions, and challenges them.  She is Dr. Brenda Stevenson, a professor of history at UCLA and the book, in case you have not yet heard, or read it, is The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins from the estimable Oxford University Press.  Mike Davis’s imprimatur means a lot, especially perhaps to smart KPFK listeners, and his praise for this book – meticulously fair but disturbing --- just about sums it up.  The story of young Latasha Harlins’ murder and its reverberations in the Southland is plenty for any historian, but Brenda Stevenson’s writing, ambitious yet accessible, offers the tragedy in a big, deep, complex --- and its perverse way --- satisfying sociological take-apart which offers both reasons and responsibility to its readers.  Brenda Stevenson is the author of Life in Black and White:  Family and Community in the Slave South, selected as an Outstanding Book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America and you’ve heard it a lot on the radio lately as a go-to expert commentator on the new film “Twelve Years a Slave.” I count myself lucky to welcome her to Bibliocracy tonight.  Thanks for listening, on the radio or online, and anytime you like as a free download from the KPFK audio archives. And thanks to those who donated during the recent fund drive.   

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday, Oct 2 - No Kidding!

Tonight at 8 PM on Bibliocracy Radio, KPFK 90.7 FM:  SUZY SORO and BETSY SALKIND, two contributors to NO KIDDING:  WOMEN WRITERS ON BYPASSING PARENTHOOD.  In studio, reading and talking about this project, and cracking wise, funny and political, these two writers and performers join me to explore the alternately sincere, sardonic, careful, reckless --- did I say funny? --- and humane perspectives of childless or, if you will, child-free women. A delightful collection of manifestos, meditations, celebrations of independence from the often oppressive social expectations of motherhood, or sometimes just rants, the 37 essays in No Kidding are defenses, confessions and provocations from, among others, Jennifer Coolidge, Margaret Cho and editor Henriette Mantel. The volumes from the the urgently activist and committed Seal Press, which has bolstered women writers for decades. Bestsy Salkind is a writer for television, stand-up comic and author of a desperately mean and hilarious take on Sunday School Bible stories. Comedian, actor and writer Suzy Soro wrote the memoir, Celebrity sTalker: Stories from a Woman Who Thinks Celebrities are Dying to Talk to Her. Only They Aren't. Thanks for listening.  Heads up for the fund drive, when the station asks you, no kidding, to pay for the only real alternative community media in Southern California.  Listen on the radio or online, and anytime you like as a free download from the KPFK archives.