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Remarkable political year analyzed by New York Times columnist

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Oct. 8, 2008 – Frank Rich, op-ed columnist and cultural critic for The New York Times, will discuss "Art, Culture and Politics" at Colorado College the week before the presidential election in what has become a remarkable political year. Rich will share his insights and critiques about 21st-century politics in the new era of mass media, blogs, celebrity culture and the arts at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26 in the South Theatre of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 North Cascade Ave. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rich started at the paper in 1980, and in1990 started writing a weekly 1,500-word op-ed column for The New York Times; it was the first double-length column for the op-ed section of the newspaper. Previously he was the theater critic and general arts and entertainment writer for the Sunday Arts & Leisure section. He currently also is a senior advisor for the overall culture content of The Times Magazine.

Although he is best known for writing about the arts and entertainment, he also explores the ties between culture and politics. His wide range of interests are reflected in the books he has written.

Rich’s first book, “Hot Seat, Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980-1993,” recounts and expands some of his best reviews and essays. “Ghost Light,” his second book, continues his love of theater but is written as a memoir, recalling how theater helped guide him as a young boy.  Rich’s newest book, “The Greatest Story Ever Sold,” compares the timeline of events in Washington under the Bush administration to the timeline of the public relations surrounding those events.  The book is yet another surprising turn, showing Rich’s versatility as a writer.  Publisher’s Weekly calls it, “a caustic, hard-hitting indictment of the Bush administration, timed to make a splash in the upcoming election campaign.” 

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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