How do moral problems get resolved in ordinary lives?? What are the results of our moral convictions? Is it really worth it to be a whistle-blower? The Golden Notebook is thrilled to present journalist EYAL PRESS reading and discussing his new book "Beautiful Souls" in which these questions are examined and explored.
"You're a very funny fellow, but no poet" reads the epigraph in Donald Lev's new collection of poetry, "A Very Funny Fellow". But the late Marguerite Harris MUST have known Lev's wit, charm, and yes even poetry - - all on displyay in his new collection.
We are happy to be partnering again with our friends at MAYAPPLE PRESS for the mid-week poetry reading!
Helen Ruggieri teaches in the writing program at the University
of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA. She has an MFA from Penn State, where she won the
Academy of American Poets prize. She is the author of Bebop A Lula, a
series of poems about rock 'n' roll published by Elvis Press in a limited
edition of 100 copies, and The Poetess (Allegany Mountain Press). Poems
have appeared recently in Poet Lore, The MacGuffin, and Earth's
Daughters; several anthology publications are forthcoming.
We are thrilled to once again be presenting the work of financial writer ERIC LAURSEN. The People's Pension is both groundbreaking history and an eye-opening guide for anyone concerned about one of the biggest issues of our times. With 95 percent of Americans participating in the program either as beneficiaries or through their payroll tax contributions, Social Security is quite literally the glue that binds Americans together as a community. In a provocative epilogue, Laursen argues to democratize, not disable, the program, suggesting that the only solution for Social Security may be to de-link it from government altogether.
"Drawing on research and interviews with economists, politicians, and social scientists who shaped the early development of Social Security, Laursen analyzes how American economics and politics evolved to the point at which a program once considered nearly sacrosanct has come to be viewed as a government entitlement. He debunks that notion as well as the conservative conventional wisdom that in order to save Social Security for future generations, it is necessary to virtually destroy it by reducing benefits and raising the retirement age. Comprehensive and compelling reading on an important topic." —Booklist (starred review)
Eric Laursen is an independent financial and political journalist, activist, and commentator. He is co-author of Understanding the Crash (2010). and his work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Nation, The Village Voice, Z Magazine, The Indypendent, and the Huffington Post. He lives in Buckland, Massachusetts.
Rebecca Miller Ffrench, a former Contributing Writer for Condé Nast's Cookie magazine, has been producing events and kids birthday parties since 1997. Her work has appeared in national publications such as Better, Homes and Gardens, Real Simple Family and Martha Stewart Weddings. She has also been a staff member at Condé Nast Traveler, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Fodor's Travel Guides and Town & Country magazine.