What’s the only thing that could get hoarders, single ladies, animal breeders, professional witches, Japanophiles, Exotic Joe voters, and Instagram famous cats into one room? Cat Camp, which calls itself New York City’s “first feline-focused symposium” is coming the the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea on Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, for a weekend-long program ranging from serious discussions led by cat experts to a meet-n’-greet with celebrity cat Lil Bub.
What will an intellectual throw down look like between an artist, a philosopher, and a choreographer? It’s set inside a boxing ring at a club called Overthrow, for one. And while spectators will be sitting outside the ring, they’ll be encouraged to hop into the debate and battle it out.
Today, most of the disagreement and polemics we encounter are digital back-and-forths, what Cheryl (the International Editor at Large for Artenol magazine, the organization putting on the event) called “spit firing” on the internet. “People talk about social media, but it’s a detached and removed event,” she mused. “What we want to do with this debate is to let that argument happen in real time.” And that means welcoming “the anxiety that actually comes with despair or real disagreement.”
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Buzzfeed’s Books Editor will be on hand at Johnny Rotten’s talk April 30 about his latest memoir, Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored. We’re hoping the discussion will lend itself to a more accurate “Which Punk Icon Are You?” quiz because I haven’t quite gotten over finding out I’m more Kathleen Hannah than John Lydon. But if you’re simply hoping to see if Mr. Rotten can top his excellent 1994 memoir, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, head to the Strand bookstore on April 30.