The bestselling author, cultural critic, and English professor Laura Penny discusses her new book More Money Than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They’re Right (McClelland & Stewart, 2010), with Joseph Planta.
|More Money Than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They’re Right by Laura Penny. (McClelland & Stewart, 2010)
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.
A few years ago Laura Penny wrote one of the best books ever, Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit. It was a timely treatise against the bullshit around us. She returns now with a new book, equally timely, lively, and fascinating. The book is called More Money Than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They’re Right. It looks at our popular culture in North America and how we seem to celebrate the loud-mouth ignoramuses in the media and politics, and how education is devalued. Laura Penny joins me now from Toronto. She has been described as one of the country’s funniest and most incisive social critics. The last book was a bestseller and critical hit. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature, an MA in Theory and Criticism, and a BA in Contemporary Studies and English. She’s a university instructor at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, but lest you think she’s some sort of egghead, she’s hip to the cultural vernacular making this book a fascinating read. More Money Than Brains is published by McClelland & Stewart. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Laura Penny; Good morning, Dr. Penny.