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Language Intelligence Event: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, Churchill, Dylan and Lady Gaga

By Joe Romm on October 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

"Language Intelligence Event: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, Churchill, Dylan and Lady Gaga"

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I’m doing a “Progressivism on Tap“ book event this Wednesday evening (the 24th) in DC — details here.

If you can’t make it, you can catch a 52-minute interview of me on Miami Public Radio’s ”Topical Currents” show (audio here).

I really loved the fact that MPR played four snippets of songs and speeches for me to discuss as I do in the book. They started with Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” then Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” then Laurence Olivier doing Hamlet’s “To be or not to be”  soliloquy, and finally Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech.  Not coincidentally, I think, they all feature metaphors, perhaps the single most important figure of speech.

The “Progressivism on Tap” event on the 24th is a double feature. I’ll be talking about Language Intelligence. Bill Ivey — former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts under Bill Clinton and a trustee of the Center for American Progress – will be talking about his new book, Handmaking America.

Join us at 6 pm at Busboys and Poets for some food and a discussion. Books will be on sale.

Or you can buy the Kindle here and the paperback here.

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