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Mike Doughty On Downtown Nostalgia: ‘This Disease Is Omnipresent’

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Last week, Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing launched a crowd-funding campaign for his next two solo albums. Yesterday, as part of “Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues” at the Downtown Literary Festival, the Lower East Sider turned Brooklynite took the stage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, just around the corner from where he once worked the door at the original Knitting Factory, and spoke about his career, the folly of nostalgia, and the extreme changes he’s seen during his 25 years in NYC. Here’s what he said.
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Warm Up For Sunday’s Downtown Literary Festival Kicks With Some Free Booze

(Illustration: Kate Gavino)

(Illustration: Kate Gavino)

To get people psyched for Sunday’s Downtown Literary Festival, tonight Housing Works Bookstore Cafe will host a happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., where the first 100 drinks are free.

The Downtown Literary Festival was created in 2013 to celebrate the literary culture of downtown Manhattan. “Downtown’s been the crucible of New York for so long,” said Amanda Bullock, director of public programming for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, which is presenting the 15-event line-up with McNally Jackson Books.
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