Meghan Daum: The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars
Tuesday November 5: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
In the fall of 2016, acclaimed author Meghan Daum began working on a book about the excesses of contemporary feminism. With Hillary Clinton soon to be elected, she figured even the most fiercely liberal of her friends and readers could take the criticisms in stride. But after the election, she knew she needed to do more, and her nearly completed manuscript went in the trash. What came out in its place is the most sharply-observed, all-encompassing, and unputdownable book of her career.
In this gripping new work, Meghan examines our country’s most intractable problems with clear-eyed honesty instead of exaggerated outrage. With passion, humor, and most importantly nuance, she tries to make sense of the current landscape—from Donald Trump’s presidency to the #MeToo movement and beyond. In the process, she wades into the waters of identity politics and intersectionality, thinks deeply about the gender wage gap, and tests a theory about the divide between Gen Xers and millennials.
This signature work may well be the first book to capture the essence of this era in all its nuances and contradictions. No matter where you stand on its issues, this book will strike a chord.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Meghan chats with critic and journalist Judith Shulevitz about her new book.
Meghan Daum is the author of five books, including the forthcoming The Problem With Everything: My Journey Through The New Culture Wars. Her last book was the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. She currently writes a biweekly column for Medium. For more than a decade, she was an opinion columnist for The Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue. She is an adjunct associate professor in the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts (where she was once a student herself). A longtime Angeleno, she currently lives in New York City but constantly says she’s returning to Los Angeles soon.
Judith Shulevitz is a critic and journalist and author of The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time (2010). Shulevitz was the editor of Lingua Franca, deputy editor of New York Magazine, and science editor of The New Republic. She has been a columnist at The New York Times Book Review, Slate, The New Republic, and New York Magazine, and contributed articles and essays to many other publications, including The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly. She has written several essays on feminism for The New York Times Sunday Review. Shulevitz was born in Detroit and grew up in Puerto Rico and Miami. She graduated from Yale University. She is married to Nicholas Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus at the Columbia Journalism School.