Date: Mon, December 10, 2012
Grade level(s): Middle School, High School
Session: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
With more than a million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer, P.J. O’Rourke has established himself as America’s premier political satirist. His best-selling books include Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich, The CEO of the Sofa, Peace Kills and On the Wealth of Nations.
Whether dealing with the inner workings of Washington bureaucracy, the shifting political and economic sands of the new world order or his own living room, P.J. proves himself to be a savvy guide to national and world affairs. His razor sharp insights never fail to inform and entertain, and audiences may be in peril of injury from laughter.
Patrick Jake O’Rourke was born in Toledo, Ohio, son of a car salesman and dance instructor. He began life as a Republican, but in the late 1960’s he changed his politics to conform to the rest of the nation’s youth. P.J. attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduate school at Johns Hopkins where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. After receiving an M.A. in English, he worked at small newspapers in Baltimore and New York.
His latest book, Don’t Vote—It Just Encourages the Bastard, was published in September 2010. Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have called him “the funniest writer in America.” He frequently appears on television, and is a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.
Schools interested in participating in this educational opportunity should contact John Ramicone at 216-916-6360 or by December 6th.
A program fee of $75.00 will be charged to schools not in the NOTA or NORTH2 member districts. Please process a purchase order to WVIZ/PBS Distance Learning, c/o John Ramicone, 1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115 and fax a copy or the p. o. number to 216-916-6361.