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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Too Many Brilliant Choices

Posted by on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

1. Tonight at Kane Hall, I'll be in conversation with Neal Stephenson about his great new book of essays, Some Remarks. $5 tickets will be available at the door. I really dug Some Remarks, and Cory Doctorow did, too. I'll be asking Stephenson questions about his new book and his career. There will be plenty of time for lots of audience questions, too. The doors open at 6:30. Find more information here.

2. But! If the Stephenson interview wasn't happening tonight, I would be at Elliott Bay Book Company, where Christopher Frizzelle, Bethany Jean Clement, and Lindy West will be celebrating the launch of their new book of Stranger-related wisdom for college students, How to Be a Person. I have a couple of pieces in there—about books and about sexual positions—and I was pleased to see that it turned out to be a really beautiful, funny, smart book. Plus, this reading will also have free tacos and beer. If you can't get there right at 8, the party will continue on into the evening. Christopher wrote about the event earlier today, and it looks like a lot of fun.

3. And if that weren't enough, Hugo House is hosting a reading for two authors with local publisher Jaded Ibis Press, which I wrote about a couple years ago. Janice Lee and Anna Joy Springer will join with Leon Baham to "read queer and/or weird texts that appeal to readers with wild minds." It's an experimental fiction bonanza that's absolutely worth your time.

4. Find all the other readings happening tonight and for weeks into the future in our fancy readings calendar.


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This seems like as nice a place as any to shoehorn in my delight at local fave Maria Semple's new book getting a bit of a rave from Janet Maslin:
The tightly constructed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is written in many formats — e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple’s storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first.…
Posted by gloomy gus on August 7, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
sikandro 2
The real question is where are the tacos coming from. Are these catered or are they frozen and microwaved? Or something else?
Posted by sikandro on August 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM · Report this
Callie 3
Your post says Elliot Bay is at 7, and Christopher's says 8. Which is it?
Posted by Callie on August 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM · Report this
@2: I believe from Marination Station/Mobile! QUALITY!

@3: Elliott Bay's at 8, hope to see you!
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on August 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM · Report this
sikandro 5
@4. Mmmm. That may have pushed me to the tipping point.
Posted by sikandro on August 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM · Report this

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