My Next Book

Bowe.jpg My friend’s brother, who I adore, has a new book out called Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy.

From a review in USA Today. “Something must be said of Nobodies’ final chapter, a masterwork and mixing pot of ideas, spiced by the anger of an intelligent man who has witnessed too many instances of the Latin proverb, homo homini lupus: man is a wolf to man.

I’ve been mulling that over. Someone has a book out that moves people to say things like that. He’s going to be on Jon Stewart on Monday, by the way. He’s very cute. And smart. Just saying.

Then I see a clip of Naomi Wolf on the Colbert Report. It’s worth watching. Wolf has a new book out called The End of America: A Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot. A lot of us are thinking what she has written about, and she carefully laid out arguments demonstrating that our concerns are not groundless.

I’ve been trying to think of a book that will put me in an interesting place with interesting people (trying to find an adjective other than “interesting”) and meanwhile John Bowe and Naomi Wolf have written the kind of books that could change lives and history. So I’ve changed my line of thinking. Except so far the only idea that came to mind is a book that demonstrates the need to protect animals and I admit that I don’t have the heart to write it. It would mean investigating and immersing myself in the horrible things we do to animals and I can’t even watch a TV show if an animal gets hurt in it and that’s a fictional animal.

Fuck. It takes courage to write these books. That never occurred to me.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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