Culture club

Introducing the Will Bunch Cultural Club

Ever since I started one of the first blogs by a mainstream news journalist (Attytood, in early 2005), I’ve been driven by the idea that meaningful journalism begins with community and conversation. . I took a big leap a few years ago with the launch of The Will Bunch newsletter (it’s weekly and it’s free for everyone – if you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for ?!) – and now comes a spin-off that excites me enormously: The Will Bunch Culture Club.

A few times a year, I hope we can bond over a cultural event – a new book, or maybe a podcast, or a documentary – which captures the zeitgeist of the things we love here. The idea is to then meet all together after several weeks – the time to read the book or listen to the podcast or watch the documentary – to talk about it. We’ll start virtually, but maybe one day we can do it in person!

I am delighted to announce that we will start with the fantastic, acclaimed new book Watergate: a new story by Garrett M. Graff.

Graff is both a political fanatic and a great storyteller. Some of you may have read his oral history of September 11, The only plane in the sky — and he was right to think that the 50th anniversary of the Watergate burglary occurred on June 17, 1972, is the perfect time to revisit the most famous political scandal in American history. If you’re a boomer like me and have seen the fall of Richard Nixon unfold through the eyes of a young person, Graff will help you see things in a new light, like the role of journalists Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and their “Deep Throat” source – FBI’s Mark Felt. If you’re like most people and weren’t around in the 1970s, Graff’s tome will show you what it was all about and why today’s scandals — like Jan. 6 — are still around. seen through a Watergate prism.

Watergate: a new story is out now — at your local independent bookstore, from the usual suspects like Amazon or Barnes and Noble, at the library, as an audiobook on Audible and in Kindle format. Please check it out, then sign up to join Garrett and me as we talk about Watergate and the writing of the book, and as he answers your questions, during a virtual live event. It’s happening March 30 — it’s a Wednesday — at 4:15 p.m., but you can email me your thoughts anytime, or tweet them to me. @Will_Bunch. And after the event, I’ll post some of your thoughts and reviews in the newsletter, and we’ll start planning the next one!