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Watch: John Lydon Hits Strand in Chef’s Whites, Announces New PiL Album and Tour

After tearing through St. Vitus on Tuesday, John Lydon settled into one of the Strand’s big leather chairs to rap about his new memoir, Anger Is an Energy, with Buzzfeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald. First things first, he announced that Public Image Ltd. is putting out a new album titled What the World Needs Now… and will tour in October and November. Then he explained the chef’s outfit he was wearing: “We were on our way to an interview and I seen the store that said ‘Uniforms Going Cheap’ — not kidding: $30.”

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Wear This Naked Lena Dunham T-Shirt to Your Girls Finale Party

LENA_TEE_1024x1024Here’s the perfect top to sport at your Girls season finale viewing party next weekend (you know, the one where you eat GQ-approved snacks and see how many pals can squeeze into your tub).

Strand sells this very soft “Lena Dunham Birthday Suit Tee,” ($54.95, by Clashist), depicting the multi-talented mogul-under-30 in various states of undress, including the memorable game of ping-pong she played with Patrick Wilson at his character’s Williamsburg manse. This shirt takes up Strand shelf space alongside another tee that that Lena would definitely endorse (“If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t f*ck them.” –John Waters), plus Clashist’s James Franco ankle socks ($19.95). Not to mention Dunham’s memoir.

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Watch Kim Gordon’s Entire Appearance at the Strand

Kim Gordon week continues here on Bedford + Bowery. Yesterday we shared some choice quotes from her appearance at the Strand, including her comment about the whole Lana Del Rey hoopla and her thoughts about whether a marriage can work between two artists (plus some fun stories about songs like “Swimsuit Issue” and “Kool Thing”). The bookstore has now posted video of her chat with Elissa Schappell and you should check it out if only for the hilarious moment, at 46:40, where Kim hilariously shuts down someone in the back who yells out the inevitable question, “Is Sonic Youth ever going to reunite?”

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Kim Gordon Talks Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth Reunion, and Her Dream ‘Louie’ Gig

Gordon (left) with Schappel.

Gordon (left) with Schappell.

Kim Gordon managed to avoid talk of the whole Lana Del Rey fiasco when she appeared at BAM earlier this week, but during a talk at Strand last night, moderator Elissa Schappell wasn’t about to let her off easy. Their conversation started with some softballs (Kim has an astrologist and she wrote Girl in a Band because she has “a fear of having to get a 9-to-5 job,” heh). But eventually Schappell cut to the chase and asked her about the passage removed from the memoir, in which Gordon opines that Ms. Summertime Sadness “doesn’t even know what feminism is” and says that if she’s serious about the beauty of self-destruction, “why doesn’t she just off herself?”
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Read an Excerpt From Kim Gordon’s Memoir, Then See Her at Strand

UnknownIf you’re still kind of devastated that you weren’t there to see Broad City chat with Sleater Kinney, relax: the whole thing is online plus you’ve got another couple of chances to recoup your riot grrrl cred. First off, in an equally epic meeting of the minds, Lena Dunham is going to be chatting with Miranda July tomorrow, and somehow there are still tickets left (BAM just announced that July will be singing copies of her new novel after the event). And also: the Strand just announced that none other than Kim Gordon is coming to chat about her memoir, out in about a month.
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Terrifying Photos: Russell Brand ‘Basically Took Over’ the Strand Last Night

(Photos courtesy of Strand Book Store)

(Photos courtesy of Strand Book Store)

We have to admit, we steered clear of Russell Brand’s reading at Strand Book Store last night. Had we gone to see the hyperactive, hyperbolic comic-turned-crusader, we probably would’ve been the guy mentioned in this tweet: “Huge line outside the Strand; I ask a man what for, and his voice is noticeably ashamed as he says, ‘it’s for a Russell Brand reading.'”
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Megan Abbot + Chelsea Cain

Who says girls can’t be crime writers? Well, no one actually, because that’s clearly not a valid argument. But just in case some loser out there is preparing his talking points, let me present a succinct rebuttal: Megan Abbott and Chelsea Cain. Abbot is author of recently released The Fever(“a chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire” set in a small town whose female teenage inhabitant are in the throes of a mysterious plague), while Cain has produced numerous best-selling books. Her latest, One Kick, is the first in a new series featuring protagonist Kick Lannigan—famously kidnapped as a child, and now called upon to help solve a new missing child case. These ladies are clearly queens of suspense: The Guardian called One Kick “a dark, dangerous journey into evil to find the vanished children, and entirely hide-away-until-you-finish-it gripping,” while the New York Timesfound The Fever “a gripping and unsettling novel.” See the terrible two in conversation at The Strand.

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Readings and Talks: Secret Societies, Southron Turncloaks and Storytellers

Since everyone cool/loaded has left the city for a summer get-away and you’re still here, what better way to pass these lazy days than by learning to battle the Illuminati, showing off your mad fanboy language skillz or getting acquainted with Emperor Augustus. 

Thursday August 21

dearbetter copyJulie Schumacher + Ethan Rutherford
Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher’s eighth novel, is an epistolary satire of academia that has been earning—as the title of a Slate review puts it, “Strongest possible endorsement.” Made up of letters of recommendation written by a beleaguered literature professor (whose promising career in fiction is now just a fading memory), the book is a bitingly witty portrait of a dying English department and the embittered man who dwells in its decomposing innards.  Keep Reading »