Join a pair of bold woman who aren’t afraid to take on two modern atrocities women face every day: fattism and manspreading. Cassie J. Sneider is the author of an XOJane article about how to deal with out-of-bounds knees (spoiler alert: she sits on them with her bony butt. Twelve of them by the time she wrote on article. She might be on to something — she didn’t get shoved or yelled at once!) Virgie Tovar is a BuzzFeed contributor, fat activist, and editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion. Together they’ll discuss body image and give some tips for how to love yourself in a world full of manspreading haters designed to make you inwardly scream at every lurch of the L Train.
Cassie J. Sneider
For those who only discovered (and promptly binge-watched) the show just a few years ago on Netflix, it’s a little weird to think the book that spawned Emmy-winning Friday Night Lights was actually first published in back in 1990. The classic account of the Permian Panthers follows the high school team’s 1988 season in Odessa, Texas. Says the blurb on Amazon: “Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going.” It’s good to know that the book is just as earnest as the show. Themes like racial and social divides in America’s small towns still hold up today, so snag a copy of the 25th anniversary edition (with updates on where the team members are now) and hear author Buzz Bissinger in conversation with the book’s editor, Jane Isay.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).