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We have a discussion about the Persian Gulf, an uptight Seattlite, a father and son writing about the son's meth problem, some guy who kayaked in dangerous places, and much more tonight.

Polly Horvath reads at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library tonight. If you are currently enrolled in grades four through seven, you are the target audience for Horvath's book My One Hundred Adventures. Also, you probably shouldn't be reading Slog. Why aren't you in school?

Sidney S. Andrews is the author of Boren's Block One: A Sinking Ship. This is a book about one block in Pioneer square—the block which is now host to the "Titanic parking garage" that looks like a sinking ship. Andrews reads at Elliott Bay Book Company tonight, not far from the block he's concerned about.

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But the reading of the night is poet Joshua Beckman at Pilot Books. Joshua Beckman. The Believer says that Joshua Beckman "seems to be doing everything." I hope they mean in a poetry-writing sense. You can find some of Beckman's poems here. I recommend "Ode to the Air Traffic Controller."

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here. And if you're planning on staying in and you're looking for personalized book recommendations, feel free to tell me the books you like and ask me what to read next over at Questionland.