Malcolm Harris: Shit Is Fucked Up And Bullshit (with Martin Hägglund)

Tuesday February 25: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
From the writer hailed for giving voice to a generation in Kids These Days comes a bold rejection of a society in which inequality, student debt, and exploitation have come to define our lives
Our economic situation, political discourse, and future prospects have gotten much worse since a guy brought a sign that said "Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit" to the Occupy Wall Street protests. We all knew what he meant then . . . but where are we now? And how has so much happened since the so-called end of history?
Malcolm Harris, one of our sharpest and most versatile critics, tackles these questions in over 30 new and selected pieces, examining everything from the lowering of wages to the rise of fascism--and the maddening cultural landscape in between. Along the way, he cops to being the guy who tricked protestors into thinking Radiohead was playing Occupy Wall Street; investigates why the robots that will replace us so often look like sex objects; and, most comfortingly, assures us that Marx saw the necessity of a crisis moment just like the one we're in.
Rarely does a writer come along who can turn our world so thoroughly upside-down that we can finally understand it for what it really is, but Harris's wry and biting essays do just that, and help us laugh at what we see. Join us in the Rare Book Room as he discusses his work with Yale University's Martin Hägglund!
Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New Republic, Bookforum, the Village Voice, and n+1. His first book was Kids These Days: The Making of Millennials. He lives in Philadelphia.
Martin Hägglund is Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at Yale University. He is the author of four highly acclaimed books and his work has been translated into ten languages. He was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2009, awarded The Schück Prize by the Swedish Academy in 2014, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018. His most recent book, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, was published last year by Pantheon.