'/> Uncommon Hours: ‘C’mon, baby, light my fire!’: Appearance at All Souls Unitarian Church
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

‘C’mon, baby, light my fire!’: Appearance at All Souls Unitarian Church

I enjoyed a warm reception at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City this morning to discuss the implications of a declining interest in reading and literature. The talk will be rebroadcast on KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio, on Thurs., Dec. 20th, 12:00 noon CST.

Here's the link for the text: "'C'mon, baby, light my fire!': The Rise of the Fall of Reading and Its Implications."

Here's a brief excerpt:
"The world of 1984 appears alien to us because it is based on a communist rather than a free-market model. Still, we are living in a parallel universe. False-equivalencies, flawed analogies, straw-man arguments, ad hominem attacks, political buzzwords, misinformation, and the institutional/corporate effort to keep us all thinking and talking about the same scandal or political gaff or wardrobe malfunction at the same time are eroding our ability to interpret reality and diverting our attention from uncomfortable truths that range from the damage we’re doing to our planet to the social and economic inequalities of our society to the unending wars in which we’ve engaged.…We are absorbing the language—and thereby the thinking process—of those who benefit politically and economically from diverting us away from our cultural heritages and our moral and intellectual capabilities and potential."

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