Tonight 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; aNew 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).
It’s full-blown Spring in New Orleans right now – good for them! For those among us who can’t make it down to parade through the streets wearing nothing but a few pounds of beads and the glistening sweat of liquid courage, we’ve found the best ways for you to gorge yourself on the food, drink and merriment of Mardi Gras without leaving your neighborhood. More →