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Talks and Readings: Letterman Writer, Iranian Women, and the Quest For 78s

Time again for Word Up, our weekly roundup of talks and readings.

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Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He has educated in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California’s San Quentin State Prison, and his work in Rikers Island was covered by the New York Times. Don’t miss the New York City release of his new book of poems, Someone’s Dead AlreadyTuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 East 3rd Street (East Village). Admission $10 at the door, $7 with student ID.

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How Kate Bolick Got Off the Conveyor Belt and Embraced Spinsterism

(Photo: Willy Somma)

(Photo: Willy Somma)

In 2011, Kate Bolick touched off a heated debate with her confessional Atlantic article “All the Single Ladies,” which described her experience breaking up with her “loyal, kind” boyfriend of three years, assuming someone new would come along, only to find herself still unattached at 39 and dealing with the stigma and fears that come with singledom. Her first book, Spinster, tells the story of what happened when she embraced being single. It interweaves her personal life with historical context brought to life by five single ladies who were reveling in their independence long before Beyonce wrote the anthem.

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Talks and Readings: ‘Badass’ Novelist, Comic Books Club, and Trivia Tidbits

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The Sellout, the latest novel by satirist Paul Beatty (The White Boy Shuffle), takes on some pretty big themes; it challenges “the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality–the black Chinese restaurant,” according to the blurb on the website for St. Mark’s Bookshop, where Beatty will read from his novel tonight. Evidently you don’t have to read much of The Sellout to be hooked; a New York Times review stated it contains “the most caustic and the most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I’ve read in at least a decade.” April 14 at 7 p.m. St. Mark’s Bookshop, 136 East Third Street (East Village).

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What in the World…

What in the world are Buzzfeed, Mashable, and Vice up to as they expand their international coverage? Amy O’Leary of The New York Times innovation teams talks to editors from all three media companies about their recent moves into the global space. On the panel are Louise Roug, Global News Editor of Mashable, Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor of Buzzfeed, and Jason Mojica, Editor in Chief of Vice. This is a free event sponsored by the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

RSVP at whatintheworld.eventbrite.com.

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Broad City, Michael Che and Other Stand-Ups Sit Down For Some Conversation

Michael Che (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Michael Che (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Some of your fave comedians are taking part in some scintillating convos. No, seriously.
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Sideshow Goshko Celebrates 5 Years of Comedic Storytelling and ‘So Much Alcohol’

(Photo by Maryanne Ventrice, Courtesy of Leslie Goshko)

Leslie Goshko. (Photo by Maryanne Ventrice)

It’s kind of appropriate that Leslie Goshko, a woman of Ukrainian heritage with an arsenal of anecdotes, hosts a monthly storytelling show at KGB Bar, the former socialist clubhouse for Soviet ex-pats. Tonight, Sideshow Goshko celebrates its fifth anniversary.
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