Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ramparts Dispatch

Many thanks to everyone who came out for the Los Angeles and Bay Area events. Special thanks to Bob Scheer, who went out of his way to recommend the book to various live and radio audiences. All props to Michael Sexton, who shot this photograph of Warren Hinckle at Vesuvio Cafe.

Here's an incomplete roundup of the lit, media, events, etc.


*Jack Shafer's New York Times piece
*Dwight Garner's New York Times article
*Erik Himmelsbach's review in the Los Angeles Times
*Peter Collier's take in the New Criterion
*Sol Stern's piece in City Journal
*Daniel McCarthy's essay in the American Conservative
*Elbert Ventura's insightful review in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
*Robert Fulford's denunciation of the magazine and its legacy in the National Post
*Patrick Ward's generous assessment in Socialist Review
*Frances Dinkelspiel's SFGate (and Ghost Word) piece
*Randy Shaw's review on Beyond Chron
*Ron Jacobs's take on CounterPunch
*Rick Kleffel's piece (and podcast) for "The Agony Column" on
*Jonah Raskin's article for the San Francisco Chronicle
*Randy Michael Signor's review, Chicago Sun-Times
*John Lombardi's freewheeling essay in Las Vegas Weekly
*Jane Isay's endorsement on Huffington Post
*Clint Hendler's take in the Columbia Journalism Review
*Karl Whitney's review in 3:AM Magazine, based in Paris
*Tom Gallagher's review on his blog, Demockracy
*Bill Castanier's essay in City Pulse
*Treehugger pulled together a cross-section of related articles and selected quotes about Ramparts and the book.


*Andy Ross for Ask the Agent
*Asawin Suebsaeng for College Reporter
*Jamie Glazov for FrontPage
*Marty Flynn on Hunter S. Thompson Books
*Robert Newman on Dugald Stermer for the Society of Publication Designers
*Aaron Leonard for History News Network
*Jim Welte for the Marin Independent-Journal.

Excerpts and Related Articles:

*Chapter 1 is on the New York Times website
*An adaptation of Chapter 3 appeared in California History
*Truthdig posted an essay adapted from Chapter 5
*An essay based on Chapter 6 appears on ColdType
*Mother Jones assembled some key passage for its website
*California magazine has a piece in the Fall issue called "Radical Slick."

Media Appearances:

July 29, "Politics with Norman Solomon," KWMR.
Aug. 19, "This Is America" with Jon Elliott, San Diego 1700 AM.
Aug. 23, "Sunday Sedition" with Andrea Lewis, KPFA.
Sept. 15, "America Offline," KWMR, 90.5 FM.
Sept. 15, "The John Rothmann Show", KGO AM 810.
Sept. 26, "Edge of Sports" with Dave Zirin. XM Channel 167.
Oct. 11, "The Agony Column" with Rick Kleffel, KUSP (Santa Cruz).
Oct. 12, "A Public Affair" with Norman Stockwell, WORT (Madison).
Oct. 12, "Connect the Dots" with Lila Garrett, KPFK.
Oct. 13, "Uprising" with Sonali Kolhatkar, KPFK.
Oct. 14, "Four O'Clock with Jon Wiener," KPFK.
Oct. 16-22, "CounterSpin," 150 stations nationally.
Oct. 22, Truthdig interview (video) with Kasia Anderson and Robert Scheer.
Nov. 10, "The Politics of Culture" with Will Lewis, KCRW.
Nov. 29, "Media Matters with Bob McChesney," WILL-AM 580.
Dec. 9, "No Alibis" with Elizabeth Robertson, KCSB.
Jan. 7, "Your Call" with Rose Aguilar, KALW.

Bay Area Events:

Sept. 16, California Studies Dinner Seminar, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21,Peninsula Peace and Justice Center with Steve Keating, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto, noon and 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23, City Lights book party with Warren Hinckle and Larry Bensky, Vesuvio Cafe, 255 Columbus, San Francisco, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24, Berkeley Arts & Letters with Robert Scheer, introduction by Susan Griffin, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, with Robert Scheer, at Lowell Bergman's master's project seminar.
Sept. 25, Book Passage with Norman Solomon and Reese Erlich, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29, Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Avenue, Capitola, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 22, San Francisco State University (Yumi Wilson's journalism class, Humanities 312), 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 3, Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way, Berkeley, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23, San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin St., Latino/Hispanic Meeting Rooms A+B, Lower level, San Francisco, 11 a.m.

Los Angeles Events:

Oct. 5, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood, 7 p.m.
Oct. 6, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, noon.
Oct. 6, USC with Robert Scheer's class
Oct. 7, USC with Robert Scheer's class
Oct. 9, Village Books with Derek Shearer, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10, "The State and Future of Journalism in America" with Robert Scheer and Jay Levin, founder of LA Weekly. Music by I See Hawks in L.A. Hosted by Jeff Norman, The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, 5 p.m.
Dec. 5, "War, Media, and the Plight of Veterans," with Scott Ritter, Robert Scheer, and Georg-Andreas Pogany. Venice United Methodist Church, 2210 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, 2 p.m. Also Dec. 6 at the Woman's Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, 2 p.m.
Dec. 6, Rector's Forum with Robert Scheer, All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid, Pasadena, 10 a.m.

I'll use this space to keep the calendar and article news up to date. If you have ideas for events--campus and bookstore talks, etc.--please pass them along.



At 9:29 PM , Blogger Gina Raith said...

Peter! Congrats from your neighbor and fellow blogger. I was hooked on p. 1 then saw the NYT Book Review today! Hats OFF!

Must tell me more at the Halloween block party. (:

I'm sure this is just the first of many career zeniths. It's reassuring to know a writer's hard work pays off. In spades.

Heartfelt congrats,
Gina Raith


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