Upcoming Events in LA and NYC with Keith Gessen and Eddie Glaude

I’ll be doing several speaking events in Los Angeles and New York City.

On Tuesday, November 7, I’ll be delivering the E. Victor Wolfenstein Memorial Lecture at UCLA. The title of my talk is “White State, Black Market: The Political Economy of Clarence Thomas.” The talk will be at 6 pm in the Charles Young Grand Salon in Kerkhoff Hall.

On Monday, November 13, I’ll be in conversation with Keith Gessen, a founding editor of n+1 and a contributor to The New Yorker, about the new edition of The Reactionary Mind. We’ll be talking at 7 pm at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street in Manhattan.

On Wednesday, November 15, I’ll be in conversation with Eddie Glaude, William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, also about the new edition of The Reactionary Mind. We’ll be be talking at 7:30 pm at the Brooklyn Public Library (Dweck Center), 10 Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

Hope to see you at any one of these events! If you come, make sure to say hello.

Also, since my last update, I’ve done some new interviews about the new edition of the book. Sam Seder got in deep about Trump and The Art of the Deal. My interview with Sam starts at the 14:40 mark. I also did a lengthy interview with Dan Denvir; he and I talked about the right’s ambivalence about capitalism and politics, and how that has played out from Burke to Hayek to Trump.

And the new edition is now out and available for purchase.


  1. jonnybutter November 1, 2017 at 8:59 pm | #

    Read the kindle version last weekend. It struck me as more serial than theme and variations ; ) Very hard to put down! If I didn’t have a family (rightly) pushing me to move my ass and do human things I would have wolfed the book down in one sitting – which would have been a mistake. There are many highlights; the striking ‘volatile bedrock’ metaphor is sticking with me at the moment. Congratulations on a fine achievement

    • Corey Robin November 2, 2017 at 8:27 am | #

      Many thanks! Look forward to hearing more reactions.

  2. mark November 10, 2017 at 9:52 am | #

    I have just read Damon Linker’s review of your new book. When Mr Linker refers positively to ‘meritocracy’, I assume that is not Michael Young’s ‘meritocracy’ (the originator of the term) which has more than a whiff of eugenics in its clerisy. And I hope he does not think ancient Athens was at any point a democracy in its modern sense, with or without its lottery.

    I suggest Mr Linker read ‘Down with meritocracy’ by Michael Young in The Guardian, Friday 29 June 2001, where he says,”I have been sadly disappointed by my 1958 book, The Rise of the Meritocracy. I coined a word which has gone into general circulation, especially in the United States, and most recently found a prominent place in the speeches of Mr Blair.
    The book was a satire meant to be a warning (which needless to say has not been heeded) against what might happen to Britain between 1958 and the imagined final revolt against the meritocracy in 2033. Much that was predicted has already come about. It is highly unlikely the prime minister has read the book, but he has caught on to the word without realising the dangers of what he is advocating.”

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