Past Meetup

Humanist Book Group: The Age of American Unreason

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San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin Street · San Francisco, CA

How to find us

We will be in the Paley room on the third floor

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Join us in the Paley room as we discuss "The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies" by Susan Jacoby. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions.

NOTE: This book has several editions. If you an get it, you want the 2018 paperback edition with the blue cover; it includes the author's updated commentary about the new administration. Unfortunately the Kindle edition is the older one. (Thanks to Ann G for this info).

We will be selecting the next book from those presented by members at the this meeting. If you' like to add a book to the running, come ready to make a short pitch for it at the meeting, and bring a copy if you can. For bonus points, check the book's availability in the SF Public Library.

About "The Age of American Unreason" (

"A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces--usually treated as separate entities--that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of 'junk thought' that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion."

If you have not read the book, you're welcome to attend and learn what we're about. We only ask that you allow those who have done the reading to speak first.

We typically go to dinner together afterward at a nearby restaurant, for those who would like to stick around.

This is not a Library Sponsored Program.