Jeff Sharlet in Kansas City

Overland Park, actually, a swanky suburb driven to distraction by the prospect of Senator Sam Brownback returning home to become governor. Not that Overland Park, or my hosts, the MainStream Coalition, are particularly liberal — rather, they’re refuges for Kansas’ strange alliance of fiscal conservatism, social liberals, labor lefties, and maybe even a few radicals. But I don’t need to tell you! Because if you’re reading this and you care, you’re probably here in Kansas. I’ll be speaking Tuesday night at 7 pm at Congregation Beth Torah, 6100 W. 127th Street, Overland Park. Tickets are steep — $30 — but it’s a fundraiser.

Jeff Sharlet is a founding editor of Killing the Buddha, coauthor with Peter Manseau of Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (2004) and co-editor of Believer, Beware (2009). Sharlet is also the author of Sweet Heaven When I Die, (2011), C Street, (2010), and the New York Times bestseller The Family (2008).