Good news for those who like living on the (philosophical) edge — The Festival Of Dangerous Ideas will return to the Sydney Opera House in November. The Wire
and Treme creator
, showrunner and writer David Simon headlines the bill with an examination of the "reality of American life", a topic Simon has arguably explored with greater success than any other thinker.
Other highlights include Savage Love
sex columnist Dan Savage, Belurusian technology guru Evgeny Morozov, and environmental activist Vandana Shiva. Locals include professional provocateur John Safran, The Slap
author Christos Tsiolkas and journalists Joe Hildebrand and Annabel Crabb.
That's just the tip of the ideological iceberg, as more than 80 speakers from 10 countries will discuss modern technology, the war on drugs, the justice system, the rise of women, the death of journalism, and the death of the American dream, which sounds plenty foreboding.
You can overdose on danger at the Sydney Opera House from November 2-4. Multipack tickets go on sale Monday September 2; single tickets go on sale Wednesday September 4; all can be purchased at sydneyoperahouse.com/FODI
Melbourne's Wheeler Centre will also host a satellite event, The Pop-Up Festival Of Dangerous Ideas, on November 3 with David Simon, Dan Savage, sociologist Arlie Hochschild, journalist Hanna Rosin, and writer, director and producer Kirby Ferguson.