An Evening with Sarah Vowell, American Historian | Carolina Theatre | Page: Lectures Etc. | Indy Week
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An Evening with Sarah Vowell, American Historian 

When: Mon., Oct. 9, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: Free

The American Revolution has been having a moment: it's fashionable for conservative and liberal pundits alike to express nostalgia for Back Then, as if Thomas Jefferson biographies or Alexander Hamilton raps could serve as political Bible quotes to assuage our fears in this confusing era. Sarah Vowell's 2015 book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, sheds all such presuppositions, indulging curiosity over orthodoxy—appropriate for a former This American Life editor and contributor. Lafayette is the latest in a series of nonfiction books on American history from Vowell; to read her imagining of America is to be relieved of the burden of reverence and permitted to delight in absurdity, as well as to notice the constellations of meaning stretched between the past and the present. Vowell headlines the Durham County Library's Durham Reads Together event, in conversation with humorist David Rees at the Carolina Theatre. —Katie Jane Fernelius

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