The Confidence Game
Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at The Strand, 828 Broadway
New Yorker columnist Maria Konnikova is in her element with a deep dive into the psychology behind the art of the scam. From literature to Bernie Madoff, she examines how charming tricksters manage to so easily weasel through our best defenses and earn our trust — and more importantly, why we almost always fall for their cons. Might come in handy next time you’re trying to figure out if that Tinder date is for real.
The Pitchfork Review Release Party
Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at WORD Brooklyn, 126 Franklin Street.
Join Pitchfork’s fancy print magazine for a
party conversation celebrating the eighth release of their quarterly glossy big book. Haley Mlotek, who traveled to different archives and libraries to write about preserving the “not-so-distant past” of music history, will lead a panel including Marvin Taylor (Fales, NYU), Timothy Anne Burnside (the Smithsonian) and Nona Hendryx.
Cool as F*ck
Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St.
Do you like music, standup comedy and surprises served up alongside your lit? Unknown Press is introducing an unorthodox new literary series that sounds a little bit like a kooky variety show went to the library. Inaugural readers include Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine), Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts) and Sharon Mesmer (Greetings from My Girlie Leisure Place). Stu Watson of No Sky God will provide the music, Brian Lessard and Bud Smith are the hosts, and a mysterious surprise guest will make an appearance — to do what, we’re not sure, but he/she will be featured on their podcast…expect madness to ensue.
iTunes Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel
Friday, Jan. at 7:30 p.m. at Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Place.
It seems music is the theme of the week. Cartoonist R. Sikoryak will present his absurdist graphic novel at Dixon Place with musical accompaniment from Brian Dewan. The book is a compilation of Steve Jobs interpretations (think Bart Simpson swigging beer in a black turtleneck and glasses) wandering through the comic book world and spoiling all the fun with Apple’s laundry list of terms and conditions.