Megan Volpert is the author of a bunch books on communication and popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists. She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for over a decade and was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She edited the American Library Association-honored anthology, This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), and co-edited Tom Petty & Philosophy (Open Court, 2019)
Eric Schwitzgebel's excellent and accessible philosophy in A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventureswould be great at parties—just open up to any random three-page essay, read it aloud, and let the conversation flow.
In her history of women in punk music, Revenge of the She-Punks, Vivien Goldman hefts the scene's virtues and the vices into one heap and concludes that some of it was necessary, some of it was fun, and some of it was evil.