The Brawler urges one and all to descend upon Schwartz's on Downer Ave. at 7 p.m. on Thursday to catch a reading by Rick Perlstein, author of the recently published Nixonland. Nixonland charts the rise of Richard Nixon and the political, racial and cultural rifts that he helped exacerbate from the mid-1960s through early 1970s -- divisions that still shape our national polity.
CNN had decent write up on the book a while back.
By showing up you'll not only be able to catch an appearance by a sharp historian, gifted writer and incisive social observer. You'll also be supporting a native son: Perlstein was born and raised in Fox Point (not Whitefish Bay as the Brawler once falsely claimed).
Indeed, in Nixonland's acknowledgments (p. 837),Perlstein credits that noble Milwaukee institution, the Renaissance Bookstore, as a source of inspiration for the book:
Or maybe it was conceived when I was sixteen years old, taking advantage of my new driver's license to trek to the cavernous Renaiisance Bookstore in downtown Milwaukee, burrowing in the smelly basement where they kept the old magazines from the sixties stacked higgledy-piggledy in mountainous piles.
The Brawler suspects he was there at the same time (albeit borne by bus) hunting down old H.P. Lovecraft paperbacks, including a fractured 1969 Lancer edition of The Colour Out of Space.