Faith, Faithlessness, and the Occupation in Between

Tuesday, November 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. @ The Tank
151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor, New York City
Tickets: $10 at the door
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Join critically acclaimed author, KtB editor, and founder Jeff Sharlet and the unstoppable evangelists of anti-consumerism Reverend Billy and Savitri D for a discussion about religion and politics in the Occupy movement and beyond. The conversation, held at the renowned Midtown performance space The Tank on November 15, will be hosted by Killing the Buddha.

Savitri D and Reverend Billy lead a New York City-based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. They are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, earth-loving urban activists who have worked with communities on four continents defending land, life, and imagination from reckless development and the extractive imperatives of global capital. Their most recent book, edited by Alisa Solomon, is The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping.

You know Jeff Sharlet: the bestselling author of The Family and, most recently, Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between, a collection of 13 portraits and personal essays on subjects like an accidental anarchist martyr, a hell-house preacher, the last great Yiddish writer, Cornel West, and the nastiest banjo player who ever lived. The Washington Post wrote that Sweet Heaven belongs “to the tradition of long-form, narrative journalism best exemplified by writers such as Joan Didion, John McPhee, Norman Mailer and Sharlet’s contemporary David Samuels,” and that Sharlet “deserves a place alongside such masters, for he has emerged as a master investigative stylist and one of the shrewdest commentators on religion’s underexplored realms.” Sharlet is a contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone.