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Four Readings: Growing Up in the Chelsea Hotel, Nerdy Road Trip, and Life in the Shadow of NASA

(Photo: Courtesy of Strand Books)

(Photo: Courtesy of Strand Books)

Tuesday

Nicolaia Rips: Trying to Float
July 12, 7pm at Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
The Chelsea Hotel is deeply entrenched in New York City folklore, and for good reason: basically anyone who’s ever made a name for themselves in the art, music, and literature scene of the 20th century has, at one point or another, set up camp there. Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, William S. Burroughs, Dylan Thomas, and Iggy Pop all enjoyed a stint in the famed hotel. The Chelsea also gained notoriety for less pleasant occurrences: Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of the Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious, was found stabbed to death in one of the hotel’s rooms, and many have reported sightings of paranormal activities within its walls.

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4 Readings: Girl Talk, Pizza Stories, and Blink 182’s Drummer Tells All

TUESDAY

ba274817-058b-49f2-8a9e-49fcda61c043Book Launch: The Mandibles: A Family by Lionel Shriver
June 28 at 7 p.m. at Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street (DUMBO).
Perhaps watching the firestorm of a Donald Trump-infused election PLUS the xenophobia-motivated Brexit this past week is enough dystopia for you. But if you’re getting weirdly addicted to following the fallout of major geopolitical twists and turns, then Lionel Shriver’s latest novel might be for you. The Manibles: A Family, set in the not-too-distant future (2029), is family saga in the midst of the sudden devaluation of the American dollar. With the Mandible inheritance essentially eviscerated, each family member must come to terms with a new way forward–alone, or together. Bret Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Wall street Journal, will join in discussion.

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4 Readings: Nathan’s Hot Dog History, Palestinian Struggles, and a Father’s Transition

WEDNESDAY

faludiBook Launch: In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
June 22 at 7 p.m. at The Powerhouse Arena. 37 Main Street (DUMBO)
Is identity something you choose, or is it actually the very thing you can’t escape? This is the question Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi poses in her most personal work yet, In the Darkroom. In 2004 Faludi went in search of her estranged 76-year-old father, a man who had been an elusive and sometimes violent presence in her childhood and then all but disappeared from her life. When Faludi discovered he had undergone sex reassignment surgery and was now living in Hungary, her whole frame of reference was shaken to the core. Her book is an effort to unpack her father’s transition and her own questions of identity, while traveling through a country in the midst of its own dangerous project of refashioning its nationhood.

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4 Readings: Honest Abe Takes on Trump, A White Rapper’s Tale, and Hot Dog Cartoons

WEDNESDAY

26195970Mychal Denzel Smith presents: Invisible Man, Got the Whole Word Watching
June 15 at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Growing up black in 21st century America can have its own sense of vertigo–the president is African-American but police brutality and incarceration still disproportionately affect men with your skin color. In his debut book, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education, Mychal Denzel Smith (Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute) tries to make sense of the political and social landscape he’s grown up in and come to terms with his own education. He’ll be joined by fellow writers Ashley C. Ford and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.

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4 Readings: A Hemingway Biography, The Replacements, and Poetry Hating

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But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
June 7 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street.
Let your inner skeptic flag fly! Chuck Klosterman has come out with a book for all the doubting Thomases who can’t help but question even the most basic certainties of existence –like, do we really, truly, need that extra cup of coffee to become human? Jokes aside, Klosterman tries to leap into the future and put our present beliefs under the microscope. After all, many so-called truths (the shape of the earth? the role of women? the necessity of using leeches as a cure?) have been debunked over the centuries– we look at the past and wonder “how did they believe that?” Klosterman explores some of his most pressing doubts about the concepts of time, gravity, art, democracy and more through conversations with a long list of current creative thinkers (including George Saunders, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, and Richard Linklater).

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Four Readings: Famed Fashion Blogger in the Flesh and ‘Bad Women’ Speak

 

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Sebastian Junger in conversation with David Epstein
Wednesday May 25, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street. 
Over the last decade, Sebastian Junger has been on an ongoing quest to help civilians understand the world of modern warfare, with a humanistic approach to the lives of American soldiers in the Afghan war (see: documentaries like Restrepo and the book War). Now he wraps things up with a book examining what happens when the platoon returns home.

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Four Readings: Moby’s Memoir, Sex-Positivity in Action, and Notes From a ‘Loud Woman’

TUESDAY

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Amy Rose Spiegel’s Action Launch
May 17 at 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Ever wondered how to manage a threesome? How to actually pick someone up at an IRL bar (without resorting to creepy pick-up lines)? What about that weird thing you Googled last week (well, at least you remembered to close your porn tabs before screenshotting)? Finally, there’s a sex book for our current Swipe-Right Age, and one that you won’t be  embarrassed to tote on the subway (there’s no provocatively shaped fruit on the cover).

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4 Talks: The Rolling Stones, The Science of FB Likes, and Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam

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Book Launch: Rich Cohen’s The Sun and the Moon and the Rolling Stones
May 10 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Rich Cohen seems to have his mind plugged into the tempos of the past–a co-creator of HBO’s Vinyl and a Vanity Fair contributor, his new book reconsiders the history and impact of one of the greatest bands to ever shake up the music scene. His telling of the ups and downs of the Rolling Stones benefits from his close relationship with the band since the 1990s. The story charts their course from their beginnings in 1961 to their golden run through the 70s, drawing readers into the defining moments that left a lasting imprint on music and our culture. No, the Rolling Stones themselves won’t be on hand at the launch–but luckily there will be music in the form of the dance band argonaut&wasp.

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4 Talks: Biblical Prosties, a Mag for Dads, and Edward Mapplethorpe’s Cute Babies

TUESDAY

MARY-WEPT_NYWORD Presents: Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus with Chester Brown
April 26 at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Comics, prostitution and the Bible. What better combination? Cartoonist Chester Brown is known for his 2011 graphic novel, Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John. Now he returns with Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesusa controversial look at biblical women and representations of prostitution, from Bathsheba to the Virgin Mary. By re-examining the Bible’s moral code in comic strip format, it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. Brown will be joined by Dr. Melissa Ditmore (Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work) and Ceyenne Doroshow (Cooking In Heels).

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Performance: Experimental Sounds, Literary Math Podcast, Black Magic Circus

SOPHIE MSMSMSM, PRODUCT, 2015 (photo via The New Museum)

SOPHIE MSMSMSM, PRODUCT, 2015 (photo via The New Museum)

THURSDAY

First Look: SOPHIE Presents Pupture
At The New Museum, 235 Bowery, Lower East Side. 7pm. Tickets are $20 ($15 for members). More info here
Mysteriously odd artist and music producer SOPHIE (the brainchild of weirdo party jams BOOP and LEMONADE, among others) takes over the New Museum for a multidisciplinary evening exploring the notion of synthesis in art. First, there’ll be a panel discussion with artists Gerry Bibby, Travis Boyer, Hayden Dunham, experimental dance collaboration FlucT, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and Henrik Oleson. Following that, the artists will present live performance and original music. Prepare to have your brains stimulated, hear some really weird sounds, and maybe even dance a little.
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Talks, Readings and Questions Galore This Week

TUESDAY

Question Bridge: Black Males in America Visual presentation and panel
question bridgeMarch 22 at 7 p.m. at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street.
Greenlight Books is collaborating with BRIC for a visual presentation and panel about black men in America. The Question Bridge project includes a video installation, book, and website that facilitates a dialogue between black men from all different backgrounds, hoping to redefine black male identity in America. At the panel, Bayeté Ross Smith, multimedia artist and filmmaker, will moderate a discussion between different generations of black men who have participated in the project.

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4 Talks: Brown is the New White, Daniel Clowes, and More

TUESDAY

younger meDear Younger Me: The Advice I Never Forgot
March 1 at 7 p.m, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street.
We’ve all had a few words of wisdom (and misguided attempts at it) stick with us over the years. Join six writers, MCed by Chiara Atik, to laugh and cringe over the best and worst advice they ever received. Then pick up a copy of Dear Emma, a novel by Buzzfeed senior editor Katie Heaney that follows a young advice columnist as she charts tricky waters at college.

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