FRANK RICH, who writes those great essays about politics and popular culture in the New York Times every Sunday, will talk about politics, fiction, and the new Philip Roth novel, The Plot Against America, in which a fascist is elected president of the U.S. — in 1940.
Also: IAN WILLIAMS, UN Correspondent for The Nation, will preview the upcoming presidential TV “debate” –and talk about whether Bush’s Vietnam-era record in the Texas Air National Guard is now off-limits in the mainstream media. Ian’s new book is Deserter: George Bush’s War against Military Families, Veterans, and his Past.
Plus: “THE YES MEN” is a movie that follows a couple of anti-corporate activist-pranksters as they impersonate World Trade Organization spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world. “We target people we see as criminals,” the Yes Men explain, “and we steal their identities to try to make them honest.” Ella Taylor of the LA Weekly calls the film “an uproarious and appalling piece of consciousness-raising.” (“The Yes Men” is currently playing in LA at the ArcLight and Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex.)
WEB EXTRA: Watch “The Yes Men” movie trailer online: http://www.theyesmenmovie.com/intro.html