Joel Stein, In Defense of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You and You are Better Than Someone Who Didn’t Buy this Book
Joel Stein discusses his book, In Defense of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You and You are Better than Someone Who Didn’t Buy this Book, with Allen Maniker, host of the JCC Cultural Arts Department’s online Conversations series.
In Defense of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You and You are Better than Someone Who Didn’t Buy this Book is a laugh-out-loud look at elitism in America. To save the world, Joel Stein has written a call to arms for the elite. Thurber Prize finalist and former staff writer for Time, Stein sets out to discover why he and his kind have fallen out of favor in this country. He visits Roberts County, Texas, talks to Dilbert creator and Trump supporter Scott Adams, as well as the Never Trumpers including Bill Kristol. He infiltrates secret societies, talks to tech billionaires, and comforts doctors who are frustrated by patients who self-diagnose using WebMD, all the while using the biggest words he knows. In a full-throated defense of academia, the mainstream press, medium-rare steak, and civility, Joel Stein fights against populism.
About the author:
Joel Stein, journalist, author, and cultural pundit was a staff writer and columnist at Time for twenty years; he was also a columnist for Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times. He is the author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity and writes for the upcoming TV show American Princess.
About the Moderator:
Allen Maniker is a retired neurosurgeon and former professional dancer. Originally from Detroit, he has spent much of his career in New York City.