2015 Festival Schedule

8:00 PM — 9:00 PM Saturday

8 PM Saturday

Eat the Rich

Chris Lehmann
Brenda Cullerton

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8:00 PM - 8:45 PM

It's not easy being rich - except for when it is (which is most of the time). Of course, whatever the difficulties, they come as a welcome trade for the endless ideological protection our country affords the super-wealthy, protection that functions as the heart of one book (Chris Lehmann's Rich People Things: Real-Life Secrets of the Predator Class) and the backdrop for another (Brenda Cullerton's The Craigslist Murders). Though one is fiction and the other reality, they both aim at the same fundamental truth: American privilege may lurk unseen, but it has an unparalleled ability to warp society. Lehmann is an editor for Yahoo! News, Bookforum, and The Baffler. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Ana Marie Cox and a quartet of excellent pets. Cullerton is a writer for the fashion, beauty, and interior design industries, and the author of the memoir, The Nearly Departed, Or, My Family and Other Foreigners. She has also written several books on interiors and the home. She lives and works in New York City.

Moderator Neal Pollack is the author of several acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling memoirs Stretch and Alternadad, the cult classic Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, and the rock novel Never Mind The Pollacks. His latest novel, a 1930s "basketball noir" called Jewball, was published this month. Neal has contributed journalism and essay to countless magazines and websites, including Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Wired, Slate, and Playboy. He lives in Austin with his wife and son.