Sunday, April 13, 2008

Politics, books and the rest of life

I got to hear a terrific lecture in Raleigh Thursday night by long-time News & Observer political writer Rob Christensen, drawn from the extensive research behind his new book, The Paradox of Tarheel Politics. In he is explores the roots of the question, "How can one state be represented in the U.S. Senate by Jesse Helms and John Edwards at the same time?"

The event was at Quail Ridge Books and Music, a Triangle institution, and played to a packed house. I liked the bookstore, too, although I have to admit the section labels weren't exactly inspirational:

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