Political satirist P.J. O’Rourke has been described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘the funniest writer in America’. The Observer called him ‘the acceptable face of U.S. Republican arrogance’. He is the author of such bestsellers as Republican Party Reptile and has more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer. Lionel Shriver is a bestselling novelist and prolific commentator, known for her uncompromising critiques of the social and political landscape.
On Thursday 21st November, they come together to engage in a dissection of the American presidential race. O’Rourke is a lifelong Republican but in 2016 he backed Hillary Clinton, describing her as ‘the second-worst thing that could happen to America’. So who will be his pick for 2020? He has already rubbished the firebrand socialist Bernie Sanders, claiming that ‘Bernie doesn’t know the Berlin Wall fell and doesn’t know he’s still standing on the wrong side of it’, and has described President Trump as a ‘reptile’ and a ‘flying monkey’. And he’s unlikely to hold back when it comes to Biden, Beto, Booker, Buttigieg, Warren, Harris or any of the other Democratic candidates in the race. Shriver, a Democrat, has already denigrated her party’s candidates, saying their extreme left positions will only boost the chances of that ‘blatant idiot’ Trump’s being re-elected, and describing Joe Biden, the supposed ‘safe pair of hands’, as pale, old and tired.
Join us on November 21st, when the U.S. presidential primary campaign will be in full swing, for a night of withering satire, relentless ridicule and sharp political insight from two of the most celebrated commentators of our times.
Speakers are subject to change.