Literary event of the night: Ex-Harpers editor Roger Hodge to discuss his "rise and fall" tonight at CDS | Arts

Literary event of the night: Ex-Harpers editor Roger Hodge to discuss his "rise and fall" tonight at CDS

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If you haven't heard of Roger D. Hodge, you're likely familiar with the magazine he used to edit: Harpers Magazine.The 43 year old, who first began working at Harpers as a fact checker in 1996, was recently sacked from the editorship, which he assumed in 2006.

Why was he canned? Well, that's the subject of tonight's event, which bears the perhaps intentionally florid title of "My Rise and Fall: Roger Hodge on the State of Magazines."

Tonight at the Center for Documentary Studies, Hodge will engage in a public conversation with Duncan Murrell, a Pittsboro writer and teacher who has published in Harpers, the Independent Weekly and points in between. The talk is free and begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of CDS.

The last Hodge piece we read was a corker called "The Mendacity of Hope." In it, he called out Barack Obama's failure to remotely live up to the hopes of his supporters—by perpetuating the travesty of Guantánamo Bay  and escalating the war in Afghanistan, among other things—and he also criticized liberals for projecting such wishes on a man who, after all, ran as a centrist.

The piece is here, but subscription is required.

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