The Missing Class – New Book By Harvard Friend

My friend Victor Chen, who is finishing up his PhD in Sociology at Harvard, announced the publication of a book he co-wrote: The Missing Class, Portraits of the Near Poor in America.  Purchases benefit his online magazine INTHEFRAY.com.  Check it out.

Victor has previously chronicled the efforts of the global justice movement, and he and I have had long conversations about race, class and social justice.  He is a wonderful guy, with excellent insights.

I hope you’re enjoying the end of the summer. I
have two pieces of news to share. One is that the book I coauthored,
"The Missing Class: Portraits of the New Poor in America," is now out! It’s about families with incomes
just above the poverty line, and the struggles they face living without
many public benefits (which are for the poor) and yet also without real
financial security. I coauthored it with Princeton sociologist
Katherine Newman. The book’s foreword is by Senator John Edwards.
The book was mentioned in an article in today’s New York Times by Louis Uchitelle:

   
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/26/business/yourmoney/26maytag.html

You should be able to find it in your bookstore, and here are the links for Amazon and Powells.com:

   

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807041394/inthefraycom

   

http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/partner?partner_id=28164&cgi=product&isbn=
0807041394

(For any books bought through the links above, a portion of the
sale price goes to INTHEFRAY Magazine, the nonprofit publication I
cofounded.
)

There are also some book events and radio/TV
interview in the coming months. A schedule is below. Kathy will be
doing the interviews below, but I’ll be at the book events, and may do
some later interviews. You can check on my blog at http://politicalprose.inthefray\u003cWBR\>.org\u003c/a\> for updates. Please spread the word!\n\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>My\nother bit of news is that my wife Emi is pregnant! We're expecting in\nFebruary. You can see a recent photo of us on Emi's blog here (username\nfoe, password welcome):\n\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>   \u003ca href\u003d\”http://web.mac.com/e_chendo/iWeb/Chendos/Home/Home.html\” target\u003d\”_blank\” onclick\u003d\”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\”\>http://web.mac.com/e_chendo\u003cWBR\>/iWeb/Chendos/Home/Home.html\u003c/a\>\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>She's the one who's pregnant — I've just been gaining some sympathy weight. ;)\n\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>I've been bad about keeping in touch because of all this\ncraziness, but please drop me a line if you have a chance! Hope you're\ndoing well.\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>Take care,\u003cbr\>Victor\u003cbr\>617.669.2578\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-weight:bold\”\>\nBOOK READINGS\u003c/span\>\u003cbr style\u003d\”font-weight:bold\”\>\u003cbr\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cspan\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>New York: \u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cbr\>\n\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\n\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>New York\u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\> Public \nLibrary; December 10\u003csup\>th\u003c/sup\> at 6:30pm; \u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>455 Fifth \nAvenue\u003c/span\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>; NYC; \n10016; Across the street from central research library\u003cspan style\u003d\”text-decoration:underline\”\>.\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\n\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003cbr\>Boston:\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\> \u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\n\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cspan\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt;text-align:left\” align\u003d\”left\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-size:10pt;text-decoration:none\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cstrong\>Harvard \nCoop Bookstore, Friday, Oct. 5\u003csup\>”,1]
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//–>http://politicalprose.inthefray.org for updates. Please spread the word!


BOOK READINGS

New York:


New York Public
Library; December 10th at 6:30pm;
455 Fifth
Avenue
; NYC;
10016; Across the street from central research library.


Boston:

 

Harvard
Coop Bookstore, Friday, Oct. 5, 7:00pm, Reading and Signing\u003cspan\>; \u003c/span\>\u003c/strong\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-weight:normal;font-size:10pt;text-decoration:none\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>1400 \nMassachusetts Avenue\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-weight:normal;font-size:10pt;text-decoration:none\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\> \n; Cambridge, MA 02238.\u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\> \u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”color:black;font-family:Tahoma\”\>Cambridge Forum;\u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”color:black;font-family:Tahoma\”\> \u003cb\>Wednesday, December 5\u003csup\>\n\nth\u003c/sup\>; \n7:00pm\u003c/b\>; \u003c/span\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>First Parish (Unitarian \nUniversalist) at 3 Church Street in Cambridge.\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\n\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cbr\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>Washington D.C.:\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\n\n\u003cspan style\u003d\”color:blue;font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003c/span\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”color:blue;font-family:Tahoma\”\>The New America Foundation/Workforce \nand Family Program; \u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>Monday, Oct. \n1\u003csup\>st\u003c/sup\>; 12:30 – 2:00pm\u003cspan\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”color:blue;font-family:Tahoma\”\>; 1630 Connecticut Ave, NW\u003c/span\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>; \u003cspan style\u003d\”color:blue\”\>7th Floor Washington DC \n2009.\u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\n\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cbr\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cbr\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-weight:bold\”\>\n\nRADIO/TV INTERVIEWS\u003c/span\> \u003cbr\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cbr\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-weight:bold\”\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>National:\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\n\n\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>”,1]
);

//–>th, 7:00pm, Reading and Signing; 1400
Massachusetts Avenue

; Cambridge, MA 02238. 

 

Cambridge Forum; Wednesday, December 5

th;
7:00pm
; First Parish (Unitarian
Universalist) at 3 Church Street in Cambridge.


Washington D.C.:

The New America Foundation/Workforce
and Family Program;  Monday, Oct.
1st; 12:30 – 2:00pm
; 1630 Connecticut Ave, NW; 7th Floor Washington DC
2009. 


RADIO/TV INTERVIEWS

National:

\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cbr\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\n\nDiane \nRehm Show/WAMU Radio\u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\> (National NPR \n); Monday, October 1st; 11:00-12:00pm (Arrival 10:45am) ; live in studio with \ncall-ins; \u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>(and syndicated to 100 \npublic radio stations across the country).\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\n\n\u003cbr\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>To the \nContrary/PBS\u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>; Monday, October \n1\u003csup\>st\u003c/sup\>; 3:00 -3:30pm,\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\> \u003c/font\>\u003ca\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>www.pbs.org/ttc\u003c/font\>\u003c/a\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>.\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\n\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\> \u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003cbr\>\u003c/p\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\n\nLocal:\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\> \u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\n\nThom \nHartmann Show/KPOJ Radio\u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\> (Portland \nProgressive Talk); Wednesday, August 29th; 10:00 -10:15am ET (7:00 – 7:15am \nPacific).\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt;text-align:left\” align\u003d\”left\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-weight:normal;font-size:10pt;text-decoration:none\”\>\u003c/span\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cbr\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cspan\>\u003cstrong\>Nightcall with Peter Werbe\u003c/strong\>\u003cspan\>\u003cstrong\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-size:10pt;color:black;font-family:Arial\”\>WRIF-FM\u003c/span\>\u003c/strong\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-size:10pt;font-family:Tahoma\”\>\n\n \n\u003c/span\>(Detroit); \u003c/span\>Wednesday, September 5th; 4:00-4:25pm; taped by phone \nto air on six stations, streamed, podcasted, and archived.\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>”,1]
);

//–>

Diane
Rehm Show/WAMU Radio
(National NPR
); Monday, October 1st; 11:00-12:00pm (Arrival 10:45am) ; live in studio with
call-ins;  (and syndicated to 100
public radio stations across the country).

To the
Contrary/PBS
; Monday, October
1st; 3:00 -3:30pm,
 http://www.pbs.org/ttc.

 

Local:

 

Thom
Hartmann Show/KPOJ Radio
(Portland
Progressive Talk); Wednesday, August 29th; 10:00 -10:15am ET (7:00 – 7:15am
Pacific).


Nightcall with Peter WerbeWRIF-FM (Detroit); Wednesday, September 5th; 4:00-4:25pm; taped by phone
to air on six stations, streamed, podcasted, and archived.
\u003c/p\>\n\u003cbr\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>Lenny \nLopate Show/WNYC (NPR NYC\u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>); \nTuesday, \u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>September 18th, 12:00 – \n12:40pm. \n\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\n\n\n\u003cbr\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>Joy \nCardin Show/Wisconsin Public Radio; \u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>Wednesday, September 26\u003csup\>th\u003c/sup\>; 9:00 -10:00am \nET (8:00-9:00am Pacific);\u003cspan\>  \u003c/span\>live by \nphone with call-ins.\u003c/span\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\> \u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\n\nBob \nEdwards Show/XM Satellite Radio;\u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\> \nMonday, October 1st; 9:00-9:45am; taped in studi\u003cspan style\u003d\”text-decoration:underline\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”text-decoration:underline\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”text-decoration:underline\”\>o.\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003cspan\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-size:10pt;color:navy;font-family:Arial\”\>\n\n\u003cspan style\u003d\”text-decoration:underline\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”text-decoration:underline\”\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003ca href\u003d\”mailto:ariana.pekary@xmradio.com\” target\u003d\”_blank\” onclick\u003d\”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\”\>\n\n\u003c/a\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\n\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cbr\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/b\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/p\>\u003cp style\u003d\”margin:0in 0in 0pt\”\>\u003cspan style\u003d\”font-family:Tahoma\”\>\u003cfont face\u003d\”Arial\”\>\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\> \u003c/font\>\n\n\u003c/font\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\u003cbr\>\n”,0]
);

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Lenny
Lopate Show/WNYC (NPR NYC
);
Tuesday,  September 18th, 12:00 –
12:40pm.

Joy
Cardin Show/Wisconsin Public Radio;
Wednesday, September 26th; 9:00 -10:00am
ET (8:00-9:00am Pacific); live by
phone with call-ins.

 

Bob
Edwards Show/XM Satellite Radio;

Monday, October 1st; 9:00-9:45am; taped in studio. 

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