Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Monday, June 8, 2009


7:30 PM – Jeff Rubin: Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization
Town Hall Seattle, Great Hall
As the finite supply of carbon-based energy resources grows ever smaller, economies that have relied upon them will either shrink, collapse, or adapt. Environmentalists have been saying this for lo, these many years – globalization is not sustainable in a carbon-dependent world. I’m sure Rubin has something new to say, or at least a new way to say the same thing. And really, isn’t the locavore movement making a virtue of necessity? Maybe that’s the way to approach every aspect of the issue.

7:30 PM – Matthew B. Crawford: Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Elliott Bay Book Co.
What is it about philosophers and motorcycles? I don’t know. In any case, the author makes a case for the value of skilled labor, not only as part of our economy, but as a practical part of our lives.

7:30 PM – Michael Connelly: The Scarecrow
Barnes & Noble University Village
The former LA Times crime reporter writes about an LA Times reporter covering a serial killer.


7:30 PM – Richard Wrangham: Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
Town Hall Seattle, Downstairs
The author argues that cooking food, or eating cooked food, caused the human digestive tract to shrink, our brains to grow, and humans to divide labor along gender lines. Eh, mebbe. Coincidentally, I’ve recently been reading about the raw food movement; I’d be interested in seeing a moderated debate between the cookers and the raws. Or a cage match.

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