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Friday June 8th, 6 pm
Ed Sanders, "Broken Glory"
June 5, 2018, is the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and there are still unanswered questions about whether his murder was the result of a conspiracy. Broken Glory is a graphic history told in epic verse of Bobby Kennedy's life and times leading up to the fateful 1968 election campaign, with 100 illustrations by artist Rick Veitch.
It encompasses the story of his convicted killer, Sirhan Sirhan, as well as a large cast of characters that includes Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon, and Eugene McCarthy, who was the first to challenge the sitting president of his own party in the 1968 election, and it recalls the major events that made 1968 a turning point in American history: the Tet offensive and battle of Hue, followed soon after by the My Lai massacre, the Memphis sanitation workers strike, the assassination of Martin Luther King, and the riots that ensued.
The authors illuminate the evidence for a conspiracy, fostered perhaps by elements of the CIA, that fielded a second shooter and made of Sirhan Sirhan a patsy, mirroring the part played by Lee Harvey Oswald in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, an event that haunted JFK's younger brother until his dying day.
Ed Sanders is a poet and performer whose roots go back to the Beats and early Grove Press. He was active in the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War. He began publishing the mimeographed magazine Fuck You! a Magazine of the Arts in 1962 and in 1965, started the Peace Eye Bookstore on Manhattan's Lower East Side, which became a center for countercultural and antiwar activities. He was a founding member of the satiric folk-rock band Fugs and also of the Yippies. He helped found the underground newspaper The East Village Other and wrote numerous articles for the Underground Press network. He has received Guggenheim and National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships as well as a poetry fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts. He is the author of numerous works of poetry and nonfiction, including Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century: Selected Poems, 1961– 1985, winner of an American Book Award, 1968: A History in Verse, and the nonfiction work The Family, about Charles Manson and his dystopic communal family, on which the new movie Charlie Says is based. He lives in Woodstock, New York.
Rick Veitch is a lifelong cartoonist. He illustrated Swamp Thing while at DC Comics and is the author of innumerable alternative comic books, including Can't Get None and the Eisner Award–nominated Brat Pack, The Maximortal, and Rare Bit Fiends. He lives in West Townsend, Vermont.
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:00pm