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Katie Roiphe: In Praise of Messy Lives

Monday 1st July 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Free Event

Katie Roiphe's writing - whether in the form of personal essays, literary criticism or cultural reporting - is bracing, wickedly entertaining and deeply engaged with our mores and manners. The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism (1994), perhaps her best-known work, arose out of her frustration with the modern women's movement and what she saw as the hypocrisy of a culture that idealised freedom of speech but refused to tolerate real dissent.

Her recent collection of essays, In Praise of Messy Lives, examines such subjects as the current fascination with Mad Men, the oppressiveness of Facebook and the quiet malice our society displays toward single mothers. Reprinted for the first time and expanded here is her much-debated New York Times Book Review cover piece, 'The Naked and the Conflicted' - an unabashed argument on sex and the contemporary American male writer. The Wall Street Journal reviewer wrote: 'Daring, vivid, combative... the refreshing irreverence of her book might well be unique among writers of her generation.'

BFOI logoAt this Bristol Festival of Ideas event, she talks about her work, her influences, her feminism and the impact her writing has had on others.

This event is free but booking is essential. To reserve your place(s), just click here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/7005966033

 

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