“The one unforgivable sin is to be boring” – Christopher Hitchens
It seems the organizers of Thursday’s thirst DC event took this mantra and completely ran with it. It’s also unfortunate DC’s beloved boozy man of letters is too ill to take advantage of this gathering, as it seems right up his alley. Let me explain:
The underlying theme of thirst DC (assuming I understand the press release) is the old concept of stuffy lectures is outdated and pointless. Gone is the packed auditorium filled with professorial types, listening to one speaker drowning on and on about a single topic, only to be interrupted by the occasional golf clap. In it’s place is a lively social gathering, where several renowned speakers give short, impassioned talks about a wide-range of topics. Instead of listening passively, all that are in attendance are encouraged to engage fellow participants and even lecturers themselves — all with the help of generously available liquid courage. The idea being that smart and passionate people should engage each other, and from there we add to the marketplace of ideas (a phrase ruined by Libertarians).
To thirst DC‘s credit, they do have quite an eclectic guest list:
- New York Times Best Selling Author and Blogger, Chris Mooney
- Theoretical Mathematics genius/Wall Street guru Shaun Maguire
- Technology and culture expert Melissa Pierce
- Smithsonian anthropologist Briana Pobiner
- Documentary star and social media expert Shauna Dillavou
- Weather marketing expert Daniel Alexander
Sidebar: What the hell is weather marketing?!?!
Obviously this event isn’t for everyone. It requires participants to be “utterly fascinating“, and as someone that argued the merits of Harry Potter v. The Lord of the Rings on Facebook for the better part of 4 days, I clearly don’t qualify. That being said, DC is perpetually in need of splashes of color — which this event provides in spades. We have never been short on intellectual capital, so why not use that resource and marry it with some cosmopolitan flair. At the very least, the combination of pretty people and stiff drinks is superior to my typical Thursday night. Go forth and thirst dear readers!
Thursday, August 25th, Bier Baron Tavern: 7:00pm - 2:00am