As you may know, I’m out on The QUIET Book Tour right now.
So far I’ve been in NYC, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Portland, and one other stop that — for purely personal reasons — stands as my favorite appearance of all:
My Politics & Prose Bookstore sponsored Q&A at the gorgeous 6th and I Historic Synagogue in Washington D.C.
It was there that I shared the stage with my old law school friend, Angie Kim, whom I hadn’t seen since we graduated 20 years ago!
We picked up right where we left off, with the cheerfully extroverted Angie sharing her surprise, when she read QUIET, to learn how scared I’d been about public speaking during our law school days.
Our entire conversation, mostly consisting of topics I haven’t addressed at other stops on my tour, was broadcast on Slate Radio’s new podcast, “Live at Politics and Prose“, and can be listened to below. I hope you enjoy it!
Enter them into SoundCloud’s commenting feature. I might use your thoughts in a future article.
Penguin Books UK and Waterstones are doing an incredible job of promoting the book. I can’t thank them enough!
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My daughter, a law school graduate, in fact the student speaker for her graduating class at George Mason Law, first shared your blog with me. I had considered and explained myself as painfully shy. I have appreciated learning through you the distinction between shy and introvert. In my job as a trainer for a State agency in Kansas, I approached every training with great trepidation and wanting to just fade away into oblivion. Thank you for helping me understand that introversion is a personality trait of at least a third of the population. Samantha shared your blog with me because she shares this trait with me.
Do you plan a stop in San Francisco on your book tour? Weather here is lovely, as are the readers. We’ve got great coffee shops too
Ms. Cain, having very recently read - some parts twice! - your book and, coincidentally, as you are on tour, I wonder if you would consider contacting David Miller, moderator of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud hour-long radio program featuring cultural and societal issues. I’m suggesting this because quite frankly I was completely horrified at the information contained in Tuesday, February 19, broadcast (podcast is available, synopsis with guest identifier, and comments available online at http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/using-universal-screening-and-assessment-schools/). It appears that Oregon public schools may be adopting even more widely a universal screening program (a few already instituted the program). Basically, late in the broadcast the guest in response to the moderator’s very pointed question actually admitted that the studious child would be caught up in the widely-cast net of this apparently poorly crafted “universal screen” and categorized as disruptive. In Oregon, further, the Governor has directed the Legislature (currently in session) to create a computerized system which has ALL of a child’s information from pre-K all the way through college (even post-grad work)available for sharing with heaven knows how many people and institutions.
Once again, the quiet, studious child, the child who prefers the introspective life, risks being miscategorized as even something as serious as potential homegrown-t***ist material (guest admitted to “false positives” which would “need to be discussed with parents” and possibly the authorities and “interventions” taken with such quiet students). Worse, such profiling under the Oregon Governor’s mandate would follow the introverted child all the way through to adulthood.
I hope, Ms. Cain, that if you choose to approach OPB’s “Think Out Loud” program that you will be able to bring some of your wonderful information to the forefront of the debate. The program, for many - as noted by the wide array of callers-in and caliber of guest speakers - is “must-hear” radio with a huge audience.
Dear Miss Jan, Thank you for this information! I am going to talk to my publicist about it.
“Once again, the quiet, studious child, the child who prefers the introspective life, risks being miscategorized as even something as serious as potential homegrown-t***ist material (guest admitted to “false positives” which would “need to be discussed with parents” and possibly the authorities and “interventions” taken with such quiet students).”
I found your deletion of letters in “t***ist” puzzling. Nowadays we have the “F” word and the “N” word, as well as other recently supposedly forbidden words. Where does this repressive mentality of not being able to say any word come from? Where will it end? Who created these newly spawned speech police? Why should anyone fear them? Or do they only exist in your mind?
Did you mean to say “terrorist”? If so, you have the wrong number of corresponding stars for deleted letters.
I’m not afraid to say “terrorist”. We live in a world where swaggering politicians can say vulgarities of their choosing: “This is a big, fucking deal!” (VP Joe Biden(D), as quoted) And “I’m a fucking steamroller!” (Elliot Spitzer(D), the disgraced former Governor of NY, as quoted. He thought he was that which he called himself until he lost his steam, because he was too preoccupied with f-ing…)
Apparently you live in Oregon. The proposition you cite is that of your elected officials, and no one can restrain or repudiate them but the voters who live in your state. If you feel your current Governor (also a Democrat) is a threat to your freedom, it is time to vote him out of office.
I’m also not afraid to say that the authoritarian Left is an even bigger threat to free speech than the authoritarian Right ever was. There is nothing more insidious than political mind control, no matter what party is doing it. Throw the bums out. But only the voters who live there have the power to do that - if and when they muster the will and the gumption to do so.
I second Elizabeth’s vote for a stop in San Francisco! I just downloaded the podcast and will (I predict) thoroughly enjoy this evening.
Thank you Delia and Elizabeth, I do hope to make it to San Fran soon enough!
Thanks for the TED talk. Data is extaordinarily helpful-particularly the correlation/causation [sic] between best talkers and best ideas. We’ve all known it, we’ve all felt it. Until I heard it aloud from you, I never fought it. Been standing a bit taller every day since. No words for that.
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