Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Reception and Book Signing: 6:00 p.m.
Program: 7:00 p.m.
Independent Institute Conference Center
100 Swan Way, Oakland, CA 94621-1428
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P.J. O'Rourke, a Member of the Board of Advisors for the Independent Institute, is Americas leading political humorist and the best-selling author of over a dozen books. After graduating from Miami University and attending the graduate program at Johns Hopkins, ORourke began his career of skewering both the left and the right on the ends of his razor-sharp one-liners. Among the many publications for which ORourke has written are The National Lampoon for which he was editor-in-chief, Automobile, American Spectator, Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and Harpers.
Using his trademark wit and razor sharp delivery, best-selling humorist P.J. ORourke will train his eye on the Baby Boom generation, in all its selfobsessed glory, and offer an entertaining and heartfelt perspective on what makes his generation unlike any other in history. Were often silly, and were spoiled by any measure of history, says ORourke. At the same time, we have made the world a better placejust not necessarily in the ways we set out to. His new book, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way...And It Wasnt My Fault...And Ill Never Do It Again, is at once a social history, a group memoir of collectively impaired memory, a hilarious attempt to understand his generations messy inanity, and a dissection of the mess the Baby Boom has made.
As the youngest Boomers turn fifty, ORourke says its time for the generation that changed everything to weigh what it wrought and tally what it added to and subtracted from existence. Drawing on his own experiences and a cast of memorable characters, he will lead us on a candid but equally sentimental, laugh-out-loud journey through the circumstances and events that shaped a generation and the modern world.
Even while discussing annual income and per capita GDP, ORourke maintains the dry wit that makes every chapter a delight... As a cultural analyst, ORourkes ability and willingness to simultaneously lampoon and celebrate himself and his generation are unequaled.
ORourkes Baby Boom may just be his best book ever. Teems with heart and humormuch of it laugh out loud, or as the post-boomers would say, LOLas well as with his trademark brilliant social commentary. A terrific American memoir, in tone a beguiling mix of Jean Shepherd and Animal House.
Christopher Buckley, winner, Thurber Prize for American Humor; author of fifteen books including Thank You For Smoking