P.J. O'Rourke "Talkin' 'Bout His Generation"
Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
Oakland, United States
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
Map and Directions
General Admission: $20 ($15 for Members)
OR $40 Special Admission includes one copy of The Baby Boom ($35 for Members)
Books ordered will be distributed at the event. If you order a book and do not attend, the book will be shipped to you.
Using his trademark wit and razor sharp delivery, best-selling humorist P.J. O’Rourke 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. “We’re oft en silly, and we’re spoiled by any measure of history,” says O’Rourke. “At the same time, we have made the world a better place—just not necessarily in the ways we set out to.” His new book, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way...And It Wasn’t My Fault...And I’ll Never Do It Again, is at once a social history, a group memoir of collectively impaired memory, a hilarious attempt to understand his generation’s messy inanity, and a dissection of the mess the Baby Boom has made.
As the youngest Boomers turn fifty, O’Rourke says it’s 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.
The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way...And It Wasn't My Fault...And I'll Never Do It Again“Even while discussing annual income and per capita GDP, O’Rourke maintains the dry wit that makes every chapter a delight... As a cultural analyst, O’Rourke’s ability and willingness to simultaneously lampoon and celebrate himself and his generation are unequaled.”
“O’Rourke’s Baby Boom may just be his best book ever. Teems with heart and humor—much of it laugh out loud, or as the post-boomers would say, LOL—as 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
P.J. O'Rourke is America’s 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, O’Rourke 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 O’Rourke has written are The National Lampoon for which he was editor-in-chief, Automobile, American Spectator, Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and Harper’s.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The Independent Insitute is located at 100 Swan Way in Oakland, CA
Map and Directions can be viewed here
Free parking is available on a first come, first served basis.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, there is no need to print your ticket or email confirmation - we will have your information on a guest list at the registration desk.
Will my book to shipped to me prior to the event?
No, books will not be shipped to guests in advance of the event. If you have purchased a book with your registration, it will be available for pick up at the registration desk the evening of the 13th.
What is the "Overflow Room"?
Due to limited seating in our conference center, we have opened an adjacent room with more available seating. Guests seated in the overflow have the same access as those seated in our conference room, the only difference being, the program will be viewed via a closed circuit, big-screen TV.
Can I update my registration information?
If you need to update your registration information or attendee names, please phone our office at (510) 632-1366 or email email@example.com
What is the refund policy?
Refunds are available if canceled within 48 hours prior to the event.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please feel free to contact our office - Monday thru Friday (8:30am - 5:30pm) and an event representative will be glad to assist you: (510) 632-1366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Independent Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, scholarly research and educational organization that sponsors in-depth studies of critical social and economic issues.
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