I’m merely a week away from the release of my book, No Apologies: How to Find and Free Your Voice in the Age of Outrage. I have to admit, when my author copies arrived from my publisher, holding them in my paws felt more exciting than initially anticipated.
Those of you who have already ordered the book and have been patiently waiting this whole time, thank you. (If you feel so inclined, please also leave a review).
For those of you who haven’t, I invite you to pick up a copy or/and request it at your local library.
And those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, this post should provide some context.
The book is currently available as a hard copy and in ebook format. I’m working on making the audiobook available soon, but it will come a bit later and you’ll have to put up with my voice.
I think now, more than ever, it is critical for us to stand up to those who want to mute our speech—or worse, destroy the lives of those who dare speak against the accepted orthodoxy. My book provides a bit of a guide through the stories of individuals who found themselves on the wrong side of groupthink. It highlights the importance of open discourse when it comes to fields like science, art, and academia, amongst others. And it argues that by remaining silent on important issues, we relinquish our voice in favor of those who bully their way into our society adopting radical and dangerous ideas.
"Katherine Brodsky's first book, No Apologies, is a triumph. It is a detailed account of Cancel Culture that helps the reader understand the phenomenon, its victims, and its special kind of madness." —Greg Lukianoff, President of FIRE and coauthor of The Coddling of the American Mind
"The bullies, censors, and cultural vigilantes have had their noisy, self-righteous say. Now it's their targets' turn to speak. Brodsky's tales of the unbowed are bracing and riveting -- fables for our time." —Walter Kirn, Literary critic, essayist & novelist, Up in the Air
"When I was young, my piano teacher told me stories about growing up under Mao in China. As a classical musician, she had to hide her sheet music from the Red Guard or be accused of supporting 'western imperialism.' She even put felt over her piano strings to practice Mozart in silence. Katherine Brodsky's No Apologies makes it clear that we are witnessing an Orwellian shift toward illiberalism among supposedly liberal democracies—and that things will get a lot worse if we continue to let ourselves be silenced." —Sean Ono Lennon, musician and songwriter
"Katherine Brodsky isn't apologizing...for anything. Why should I? At last, someone has taken apart the growing instinct for self-censorship that has paralyzed so much of our public discourse—on campus, in government, in the arts, and especially among the pundits, commentators, and other self-serious moralizers who seek to define legitimacy. In No Apologies, the fearless Brodsky explains exactly how this rigid cowardice took hold and how we can all free ourselves from its enforcers' iron grip. There are many reasons to hate today's thought police but none more important than this one: Life is sooo boring when everyone has to agree!" —Ellis Henican, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author
"As our world spirals into darkness from creeping censorship, Katherine Brodsky is a much-needed voice providing a light through the dark. Sure, that sounds like some flowery bullshit quote, but we're going to need a lot more like Katherine to help us through this dark period in our history." —Chris Gore, publisher and editor of Film Threat