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Rachel Monroe: Savage Appetites

  • Solid State Books 600 H St NE Washington (map)
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In conversation with Marin Cogan

A provocative and original investigation of our cultural fascination with crime, linking four archetypes—Detective, Victim, Defender, Killer—to four true stories about women driven by obsession.

In this illuminating exploration of women, violence, and obsession, Rachel Monroe interrogates the appeal of true crime through four narratives of fixation.

Each woman, Monroe argues, represents and identifies with a particular archetype that provides an entryway into true crime. Through these four cases, she traces the history of American crime through the growth of forensic science, the evolving role of victims, the Satanic Panic, the rise of online detectives, and the long shadow of the Columbine shooting. In a combination of personal narrative, reportage, and a sociological examination of violence and media in the twentieth and twenty-first century, Savage Appetites scrupulously explores empathy, justice, and the persistent appeal of violence.

Rachel Monroe: Debut author from Marfa, Texas. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Best American Travel Writing, and others.

Marin Cogan: Senior producer and co-host for Pop Up Magazine. She is also a writer who has covered politics, sports and crime for New York Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, GQ, ESPN The Magazine, The New Republic, and more.

This event is free and open for all to attend!

Earlier Event: September 6
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Later Event: September 10
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