Wednesday, March 16 – Robert Jensen


My guest this week on Bibliocracy, Wednesday night at 8 pm on KPFK 90.7 FM, is a public intellectual and activist whose website helpfully and unshyly identifies him as a professor, writer and organizer.  You will have read the writing of and heard the encouraging and always careful voice of Robert Jensen already, especially if you have surveyed the peace and justice press, watched videos online of his lectures or listened to him chat with our colleague Sonali Kohlhatker on her excellent Uprising Radio program, where he weighs in with critical analysis and a dose of reason and humanity.  Now Robert Jensen arrives with a biography of his cherished mentor, but also an intellectual autobiography, with Jensen playing Plato to his close friend, another activist and thinker named Jim Koplin , about whom he reflects and whose insights, worldview and well-lived life he recounts.  The title is Plain Radical:  Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet GracefullyKirkus Review called the book “A heartfelt book about an inspiring model of wisdom, self-awareness, and thoughtful engagement with the world.” Perfect! Robert Jensen is author of many books including Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue and We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out as well as many articles for scholarly and popular audiences.  He is a writer of careful, humane, provocative insights both personal and political.  Thanks for listening on the radio or online, and as a free download from the KPFK audio archives.