JUNE 2010 READING SCHEDULE
DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA. ...
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June 7 & 14, 2010: DIGGING DEEPER CXXV: Remnick on Obama
David Remnick, The Bridge: The Rise and Life of Barack Obama (Knopf, 2010). — "[A] detailed . . . account of Barack Obama's historic ascent. As a piece of 'biographical journalism,' the book succeeds ably enough . . . Remnick's interest is ultimately limited to a study of Obama's relationship with blackness, and Obama as the student and fulfillment of the civil rights movement—it's a rich vein . . . Remnick is in deeply respectful court scribe mode, but he does shine in his treatment of more peripheral characters such as Jesse Jackson and Hillary Clinton, both of whom emerge as figures of Shakespearian psychological complexity. A well-researched biography that pulls many trends of Obama-ology under its umbrella . . ." —Publishers Weekly.
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June 28, 2010: DIGGING DEEPER CXXVI: Douglas Rushkoff's Life Inc.
Douglas Rushkoff, Life, Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back (Random House, 2009). — "[D]escribes how [the corporation] has infiltrated all aspects of American life. . . . The author bemoans extreme networking (called buzz marketing) . . . Rushkoff recommends that we fight back by 'de-corporatizing' ourselves. His suggestions include thinking locally by participating directly with our neighbors in community activities . . . This is an excellent, thought-provoking book."