Thursday, June 24, 2010

Penthouse Symposium with author Phil Campbell and Charles Mudede of The Stranger, Thursday, July 8th.


Doors at 6:30pm. Free, Cash bar, all ages, seating extremely limited. Please rsvp by emailing

A discussion about capturing the spirit of time and place in both words and film. Campbell's first book, Zioncheck for President, a Seattle memoir, is currently being turned into a feature film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. The film is being shot in Seattle and stars Jason Biggs ("American Pie") and Joel David Moore ("Avatar"). Mudede will briefly discuss film in Seattle, and then Campbell will read from his latest book, a global-warming satire set in Memphis, Tennessee.

Phil Campbell was once an award-winning alt-weekly journalist, first at The Memphis Flyer and then at The Stranger. But then he was fired from The Stranger. He got unemployment benefits and managed a Seattle city council campaign, which lost. But then he wrote about the experience and got a book deal. And then Hollywood gave him a movie deal. Campbell is now an inspiration for fired people everywhere.

Campbell is currently finishing his second book, Memphis Del Mar, a global-warming satire. For no real reason, he is also organizing a 2011 convention of guys named Phil Campbell in the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama. He lives in Brooklyn.

Charles Mudede is the writer of Police Beat and Zoo. He currently writes for The Stranger.

The Penthouse Symposium (formerly Midnight Symposium) concept is simple: we will continue to host the leading intellectuals, artists, activists and writers of our time for an intimate and casual course on a subject of their choosing. Previous Symposiums have included: Atul Gawande, Garry Wills, Bill Mckibben, Lesley Hazleton, Lauren Bush, Ellen Gustafson and Jesse Sheidlower.

*Upon confirmation of their reservation guests will receive a pdf of required reading. In a Symposium dialogue is encouraged.

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