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When: Wed., April 13 2016

No, Thomas Frank hasn't gone conservative, though from the title of of his latest book, Listen Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?, it might appear that way. Frank (who has contributed to the Reader) is a onetime Chicagoan and the cofounder of the Baffler, a left-leaning journal of fiction, poetry, and cultural, political, and economic criticism (he's currently listed as "founding editor" on the masthead). He has spent more than a decade writing books devoted to exposing the destructive reign of the Republican Party. Considering his CV and bibliography, it'd be fair to assume that Listen Liberal—a reexamination of U.S. politics during the 1990s—might cast Newt Gingrich as the central villain. But the toad-faced former speaker of the house who tried to strangle the federal government into submission during the "Republican Revolution" of 1994 is barely mentioned. Frank instead saves surprisingly sharp words for Gingrich's charismatic, saxophone-playing public adversary, Bill Clinton. Continue reading >>

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