Author Gregg Easterbrook to speak at BYU forum

Published: Friday, Sept. 16 2011 11:25 a.m. MDT

PROVO — Renowned author, journalist and lecturer Gregg Easterbrook will speak at a BYU forum assembly Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

"I'm looking forward to coming," Easterbrook said Friday in a phone interview. "I've never been to Utah before."

Easterbrook recently published two books, "Sonic Boom" and "The Progress Paradox" and said he will mainly be speaking about those books. "The Progress Paradox" explores how the advancement of technology and standards of living have not made people any happier than they were 50 years ago. "Sonic Boom" explains what the future of the world's economy looks like.

"I'm going to talk about the premises of my newest books," Easterbrook said.

The journalist has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Atlantic Monthly. He has also worked as an editor for Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly. He has written about a variety of subjects including global warming, immigration, Christian theology, politics, space policy and sports.

"I am a reasonably well-educated generalist," Easterbrook said. "I read about a lot of topics. I'm just fascinated by the world. I write about the enironment and politics, but I also love football."

Easterbrook received his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado College and earned a master's in journalism at Northwestern University.

He occasionally teaches college courses and is currently an editor of The New Republic — a magazine focusing on politics and the arts.

He writes a weekly football column during NFL season called The Tuesday Quarterback, and he said he loves writing about such a variety of subjects.

"I've been fortunate as a writer to mainly write about the things that interest me," Easterbrook said. "If I had been more career-conscious, I probably would have chosen one topic, but the world is a fascinating place."

For BYU students planning on attending the lecture, he said to prepare for an unpredictable forum but promised he wouldn't do anything too crazy.

"I won't burst into song and dance on the stage or anything, but I'm a quirky person, so I'll probably give a quirky talk," Easterbrook said. "So I'll be saying things in a rapid-fire order. So I would tell students to be prepared to pay attention."

Easterbrook wouldn't predict who would win Saturday's game, but he did say he was leaning toward BYU, especially with the home-field advantage.

"I don't usually make predictions about games because they're usually wrong, but I think BYU will win," Easterbrook said. "It should be exciting when the campus is abuzz when I come next week."

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