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Hoover Institution research fellow Mary Eberstadt discussed her latest work, The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism (Ignatius Press, 2010). An epistolary satire of the new atheism, The Loser Letters is her first work of fiction.
Eberstadt discussed the two levels on which this satire operates,
Download Audio as MP3 one religious and one extrareligious, with particular attention to the latter. Not only religion itself, she argued, but also the rich and irreplaceable record of its aesthetic and other accomplishments is jeopardized by contemporary attempts to wipe the public square clean of God. Following Eberstadt's remarks, Catherine Eberstadt, the author's daughter, read from the book.
|5:30||Introduction:||Michael Novak, AEI|
|Presenters:||Mary Eberstadt, Hoover Institution|
|Catherine Eberstadt, Haverford College|
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Mary Eberstadt is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, consulting editor to Policy Review, and a contributing writer for First Things. She has written widely for these and various other magazines and newspapers, including The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, the Los Angeles Times, the London Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Her newest book is The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism (Ignatius Press). She is also author of Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs and Other Parent Substitutes (Penguin/Sentinel, 2004) and editor of Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys (Simon and Schuster/Threshold, 2007). Her recent Policy Review essays include "Is Pornography the New Tobacco?" and "Is Food the New Sex?" as well as "How the West Really Lost God," "The Scapegoats Among Us," "Eminem Is Right," "Home-Alone America," and "Why Ritalin Rules." Recent essays for First Things include "What Does Woman Want?" and "The Will to Disbelieve." She also wrote the eulogy "My Irving Kristol and Ours" in the October 5, 2009, issue of The Weekly Standard. She is married to AEI scholar Nicholas Eberstadt.
Catherine Eberstadt is a freshman at Haverford College who graduated from the National Cathedral School for Girls. She has won several awards for her acting, singing, and creative writing, including Performing Artist of the Year in the Cathedral Schools and the National Society of Arts and Letters Award for Excellence in Drama at the Kennedy Center. She is the author-composer of a musical, The Photo Garden, among other works, and is pursuing a musical career in addition to academics.
Michael Novak is the George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at AEI. He is the 1994 recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Mr. Novak has written twenty-seven influential books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially the essential elements of a free society. His landmark The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism (Madison, 1982) was published underground in Poland in 1984 and, after 1989, in Czechoslovakia, Germany, China, Hungary, Bangladesh, Korea, and many countries in Latin America. His latest book is No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers (Doubleday, 2008). For his work and influence, he has received many international awards.