I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating
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Tonight, 7pm, $10
Your skepticism is justified. People with the rock-solid attention spans and copious alone time required to really bunker down to some hardcore reading tend to be the very same who run for the stacks when faced with ... More >>
Harry Potter is going gay.
Daniel Radcliffe just wrapped the movie Kill Your Darlings, which involves a murder that brings together renowned Beat Generation writers like Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Allen Gisnberg.
And Radcliffe plays Ginsberg.
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musiciancontinues, and you get to vote on who makes it to Round Two. We'll have some first-round results later today, but ... More >>
Tom PalumboJack Kerouac, on the road somewhere ...
For many authors over the years, alcohol has been nearly as important a writing tool as pen, paper, poverty, and loneliness. Some have speculated that hard drinking and prolific writing might have similar genetic roots. Another theory is that ... More >>
The New York Public Library is now 100 years old. It looks so good! The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd and Fifth Avenue -- you know, the main building, with the lions -- opened exactly 100 years ago today for borrowing. It's gone from having 1 million items to 65 million "and counting ... More >>
via Christie'sHistory-philes and Beat-philes will love this one: Christie's is auctioning off Jack Kerouac's last typewriter. It's an awesomely vintage-green Hermes and in good working condition, just the right deco note for your totally retro studio apartment, should you have a spare $20,000 ... More >>
So if the idea of Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar singing songs inspired by a Jack Kerouac novel fills you with delight, than by all means, hit Webster Hall tonight. If you're hostile or indifferent, though, go anyway: The Long Winters are opening. John Roderick is perhaps the finest purveyor of sensit ... More >>
Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard
As a member of Uncle Tupelo, a solo artist, and now, in his second go as the leader of Son Volt, Jay Farrar has written hundreds of songs--and in terms of inspiration and the creative process, he's found that cultivating a bit of eccentricity can result in great music. As ... More >>