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Nellie Bowles: Dispatches from the Wrong Side of History

When the revolution comes . . . what next?

As a Hillary voter, New York Times reporter, and frequenter of her local gay bars, Nellie Bowles fit right in with her San Francisco neighbors and friends—until she started questioning whether the progressive movement she knew and loved was actually helping people. When her colleagues suggested that asking such questions meant she was “on the wrong side of history,” Bowles did what any reporter worth her salt would do: she started investigating for herself. The answers she found were stranger—and funnier—than she expected.

In her new book Morning After the Revolution, Bowles gives readers a front-row seat to the absurd drama of a political movement gone mad. With irreverent accounts of attending a multiday course on “The Toxic Trends of Whiteness,” following the social justice activists who run “Abolitionist Entertainment LLC,” and trying to please The New York Times’s “disinformation czar,” she deftly exposes the more comic excesses of a movement that went from a sideshow to the very center of American life.

Join us as Bowles shares her funny and painfully insightful look at “a moment of collective psychosis preserved in amber.”


Photo by Leigh Kelly.

May 20, 2024

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Nellie Bowles

Reporter, Free Press; Author, Morning After the Revolution: Dispatches from the Wrong Side of History; X @NellieBowles

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In conversation with Griffin Gaffney

CEO, San Francisco Standard; X @grifftgaff