BINDERY: Charlie LeDuff / Sh*tshow!: The Country’s Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great
June 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bindery hosts a special evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff (Detroit: An American Autopsy), reading from and discussing his new book Sh*tshow!: The Country’s Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great.
Please join us!
A daring, firsthand, and utterly-unscripted account of crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy’s ranch to Donald Trump’s unstoppable campaign for President — at every turn, Charlie LeDuff was there.
In the Fall of 2013, long before any sane person had seriously considered the possibility of a Trump presidency, Charlie LeDuff sat in the office of then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, and made a simple but prophetic claim: The American people were at a breaking point. The country was going broke and on high boil. No one in the bubbles of Washington, DC., New York, or Los Angles was talking about it — least of all the media. LeDuff wanted to go to the heart of the country to report what was really going on. Ailes baulked. Could the hard-living and straight-shooting LeDuff be controlled? But, then, perhaps on a whim, he agreed. And so LeDuff set out to record a TV series called “The Americans”, and, along the way, ended up bearing witness to the ever-quickening unraveling of The American Dream.
For three years, LeDuff travelled the width and breadth of the country with his team of production irregulars, ending up on the Mexican border crossing the Rio Grande on a yellow rubber kayak alongside undocumented immigrants; in the middle of Ferguson as the city burned; and watching the children of Flint get sick from undrinkable water. Racial, political, social, and economic tensions were escalating by the day. The inexorable effects of technological change and globalization were being felt more and more acutely, at the same time as wages stagnated and the price of housing, education, and healthcare went through the roof. The American people felt defeated and abandoned by their politicians, and those politicians seemed incapable of rising to the occasion. The old way of life was slipping away, replaced only by social media, part-time work, and opioid addiction.
Sh*tshow is that true, tragic, and distinctively American story, told from the parts of the country hurting the most. A soul-baring, irreverent, and iconoclastic writer, LeDuff speaks the language of everyday Americans, and is unafraid of getting his hands dirty. He scrambles the tired-old political, social, and racial categories, taking no sides — or prisoners. Old-school, gonzo-style reporting, this is both a necessary confrontation with the darkest parts of the American psyche and a desperately-needed reminder of the country’s best instincts.
Charlie LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, formerly at the New York Time sand the Detroit News, and Detroit’s Fox 2 News. LeDuff has covered the war in Iraq, crossed the border with Mexican migrants, and chronicled a Brooklyn fire house in the aftermath of 9/11. The author of Detroit, US Guys,and Work and Other Sins, he lives near Detroit.
Please note: This event will be at the Bindery, 1727 Haight. RSVP appreciated but not required.
Bar opens at 6 for Silent Reading Party (which ends at 7:30pm). This event begins at 8pm.
If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of Sh*tshow!, and/or any of Charlie’s books, order below and be sure to put your request in the special field.