Join Dan Albert, n+1’s longtime car critic and the country’s only Marxist automotive journalist, for a discussion of his new book, Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless (available for preorder in our online shop). He’ll be in conversation with Andrew Blum, author of Tubes and the forthcoming The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast. The event is free and open to the public; we’ll have beer and popcorn for sale, as well as discounted copies of Are We There Yet?.
Tuesday, June 11
68 Jay Street #405
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Praise for Are We There Yet?
“Dan Albert is a unique voice in American letters—a historian of the car and its culture with a driver’s passion and a sense of the absurd. His wise, funny, erudite tour of the American car and road is part memoir, part history, part polemic. All of it is necessary. It’s like taking a long drive through the twentieth century with someone who can actually identify the sights.” —Keith Gessen
“From Henry Ford to Elon Musk, from seat belts to self-driving cars, Dan Albert takes us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the automobile’s evolution, showing us how the future of transportation cannot be understood without investigating the past.” —Nathan Bomey, author of Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back
“Written in a witty and infectious style, Are We There Yet? is a briskly paced guided tour of the economic, political, geographic, environmental, and aspirational influences cars have had on Americans, and vice versa. Dan Albert makes this history interesting and relevant in its own right while showing how it bears directly on the most recent automotive frontier: the much-anticipated driverless car. He reminds us how fundamentally intertwined the automobile, the built environment, and human nature have been, and that they will remain so for the foreseeable future.” —Kevin L. Borg, author of Auto Mechanics: Technology and Expertise in Twentieth-Century America