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40 Plus Salon Dinner & Book Party with Author Joel Whitney on the CIA

Please join us for an informal dinner, discussion and book party hosted by John Oakes ‘83 and Carin Kuoni at their loft in Chelsea on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm. John is co-publisher of OR Books (, a new company that is "culturally adventurous and politically progressive.”

The dinner will include a discussion by Joel Whitney of his new book, FINKS: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers.   When news broke that the CIA had colluded with literary magazines to produce cultural propaganda throughout the Cold War, a debate began that has never been resolved. The story continues to unfold, with the reputations of some of America’s best-loved literary figures—including Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, and Richard Wright—tarnished as their work for the intelligence agency has come to light. Finks is a tale of two CIAs, and how they blurred the line between propaganda and literature.

Joel is a cofounder and editor at large of Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe New RepublicDissent, Salon, NPR, New York Magazine and elsewhere. With photographer Brett Van Ort, he co-wrote the TED Talks ebook on landmine eradication, Minescape. His poetry has appeared in The Paris ReviewThe Nation, and Agni.

This event is part of the Princeton Association of New York City's (PANYC)40 PLUS SALON program where small groups of Princetonians over 40, parents of current students, and their guests come together in informal intimate settings. The event is limited to a total of 30 people.