The Regulator welcomes McSweeney’s columnist Elly Lonon in conversation with Keith Knight (The K Chronicles) for a discussion of her new book, Amongst the Liberal Elite: The Road Trip Exploring Societal Inequities Solidified by Trump (RESIST).
Getting woke is hard. It takes more than listening to NPR on our daily commutes and watching Jon Stewart cameos on our phones in bed while we sip craft beer... That won’t stop Alexandra and Michael from trying, though. Based on the successful McSweeney's column, Amongst the Liberal Elite takes readers on a cross-country road trip with Alex and Michael, romantic partners who decide to reconnect with their fellow Americans via a cross-country road trip and, more specifically, better understand how Trump won the election. Amongst the Liberal Elite is the political satire we’ve all been waiting for–one that offers comic relief from ourselves.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Elly Lonon moved to Manhattan for graduate school and to pursue a career in the music business. Weary from consistent marginalization by the patriarchy, she left both the industry and NYC, opting to work for a not-for-profit and moving to the suburbs of Jersey where living near a Superfund site promptly gave her cancer. Once in remission, she read far too many self-help books, learned to embrace life and abandoned her previous career to write and procreate. Her Amongst the Liberal Elite columns in McSweeney’s inspired the graphic novel of the same name. When she isn’t writing wrongs and juggling her progeny, she enjoys torturing small stringed instruments.
Keith Knight is the creator of three popular comic strips: the Knight Life, (th)ink, and the K Chronicles. An award-winning artist and illustrator, Knight is part of a generation of African-American artists who were raised on hip-hop, and infuse their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and race. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including the Washington Post, Daily KOS, San Francisco Chronicle, Medium.com, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, and the Funny Times. His comic musings on race have garnered accolades and stirred controversies, prompting the NAACP to recognize him as a 2015 History Maker, and CNN to tap him to grade America on its progress concerning issues of race. Knight and his family make their home in North Carolina.