For those who have ever been given the high hat at a cocktail party for not knowing the right authors, Dan Wilbur has a solution for you: Never read books again. Well, never read another book until after you’ve fully absorbed his book titled How Not to Read: Harnessing the Power of a Literature-Free Life. Tonight at the launch party, the comedian, who you might know from collegehumor.com and the Onion News Network, will share tips from the book, such as ways to read faster (“Just read every third word. . . . It’s like a Gertrude Stein poem only more comprehensible”) and literary insults to use the next time you find yourself cornered by actual readers (“You’re as weak as a passive sentence written in negative form”). Fellow comedians Chris Gethard, Elna Baker, and Adam Newman join the silliness.
Tue., Sept. 4, 7 p.m., 2012