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Laurie Penny

Aug. 7
7 p.m.
Free
Literary

Laurie Penny is a British journalist, essayist, and activist whose informal, entertaining, and passionate style often succeeds in making radical ideas seem both reasonable and realizable. Her new book, Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults, is a collection of pieces written between 2013 and 2016, “usually under savage deadline pressure,” as she states in the introduction, “under the full glare of online scrutiny.” In other words, the pieces weren’t necessarily written for the ages, but they speak incisively to the present, whether making a classically socialist case for the reduction of work, showing how an inborn romanticism can flourish when loosed from “the confines of the traditional, monogamous, nuclear family,” or more generally trying to plot a post-Trump, post-Brexit course “between the exhaustion of perpetual outrage and the numbness of normalisation.”