Naomi Klein at First Parish Church
A Trip into the Mirror World
in conversation with TIMOTHY PATRICK MCCARTHY
September 14, 2023
7:00 PM ET
First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Book Store welcomes NAOMI KLEIN—award-winning journalist, columnist, and author—for a discussion of her new book Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning scholar, educator, and activist, TIMOTHY PATRICK MCCARTHY.
Naomi Klein will personalize attendees books after the presentation. There are two ticket options for this event.
Admission Ticket (Book Included): Include admission for one and one hardcover copy of Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World.
Admission + 20% Coupon Ticket: Includes admission for one, plus a coupon which can be used for 20% off the purchase of Naomi Klein's Doppelganger exclusively onsite at the First Parish Church event on September 14.
What if you woke up one morning and found you’d acquired another self—a double who was almost you and yet not you at all? What if that double shared many of your preoccupations but, in a twisted, upside-down way, furthered the very causes you’d devoted your life to fighting against? Not long ago, Naomi Klein had just such an experience—she was confronted with a doppelganger whose views she found abhorrent but whose name and public persona were sufficiently similar to her own that many people got confused about who was who. Soon enough, she began to see her double as part of a larger story: AI-generated text is blurring the line between genuine and spurious communication; New Age wellness entrepreneurs turned anti-vaxxers are scrambling familiar political allegiances of left and right; and liberal democracies are teetering on the edge of absurdist authoritarianism. Is there a cure for our moment of collective vertigo?
In Doppelganger, Klein turns her gaze inward to our psychic landscapes, and outward to the possibilities for building hope amid intersecting economic, medical, and political crises. Combining comic memoir with cobweb-clearing analysis, this book charts a path beyond the despair of the “mirror world” we inhabit today. Doppelganger is a revelatory treatment of the way many of us have come to think and feel—and an intellectual adventure story for our times.
Praise for Doppelganger
“With her trademark clarity and perception, and with chemo-level doses of wit and common sense, Naomi Klein goes further than anyone has in helping us understand our buzzing and confounding mess, and to see some ways out. If ever a book was necessary, it’s this one.” —Bill McKibben
Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes
As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.
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