Free Will Astrology Author Showers New York With Blessings

Hair apparent: Rob Brezsny
photo: Paul Schraub

What makes horoscopist Rob Brezsny so much more interesting and useful than other astrologers is the same thing that sets Bill "The Sports Guy" Simmons apart from other sportswriters: They both acknowledge and celebrate the pop-culture arcana that surround their islands of expertise. Instead of speaking in gilded tones about planets in alignment and rising signs, Brezsny concretizes his observations with references to current films and other cultural touchstones, anecdotes about his and his friends' experiences, and what can only be described as News of the Weird. It's that optimistic engagement with his world that enlivens his weekly Free Will Astrology column as well as his new book Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You With Blessings. Brezsny, a true man of the people, excludes no one from his hopeful message—so he's bringing it to a chapel, a punk-rock club, and a laundromat. "Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose," the second installment in a new book lovers' series at the Avenue C Laundromat, especially holds promise, with Kelly Link, author of the breezy Magic for Beginners, joining Brezsny as they read from their latest. Be ready to confess a miracle or two of your own.

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