Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Gonna rock this town
So here I am in the nation’s capital, getting ready for tonight’s big event, my rendezvous with a reading group consisting of a bunch of smart journalists and freelancers and folks from cool unions like SEIU and CWA and UNITE HERE. We’re discussing Stuart Hall’s 1988 book, The Hard Road to Renewal: Thatcherism and the Crisis of the Left. (And the fact that the book is now out of print speaks volumes about the crisis of the left, in my humble-blog opinion.)
I’ll begin liveblogging the discussion at around 8 pm, in what I hope will be a revolutionary breakthrough for the entire genre of liveblogging. So far as I know, not even the redoubtable Fafblog has attempted to liveblog a book discussion group. And like the song says, we’re not gonna stop / until the entire historical conjuncture has been adequately theorized / gonna rock this town / oh yeah. Hello, D.C.! How’s everybody feelin’ tonight?
UPDATE, 11 pm: I was only kidding about the liveblogging. The discussion group was really lively, though. But even after three hours of talking, we still didn’t figure out how the progressive left can form a hegemonic historic bloc! As always, suggestions welcome. Me, I’ve got to catch a 5 a.m. train back home.