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In the first chapter of Jerusalem Calling: A Homeless Conscience in a Post-Everything World, Joel Schalit tells us that his ideal mentor would be “a perfect mix of rock and roll, politics, and a sustained commitment to thinking.” Though he seems not to have found one (the example becomes a springboard for a blistering critique of religious fundamentalism), Schalit himself comes close to the description. As an editor and columnist at Punk Planet, Schalit has helped the venerable ‘zine shift focus from just music to include coverage of way-left politics and culture. And like PP, Schalit’s book—written pre-Sept. 11 and fine-tuned immediately afterward—often uses punk music to provide the subtext for thoughts on the enchantments of America, the Middle East, and the global marketplace. Ask Schalit why he attaches prophetic significance to finding bootleg Clash records at a market inside the Jaffa Gate when he appears at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Colin Bane)