"I have to use up all three options?” Frank asked, after attempting to fuck all three choices on his first try. Klausner—her red bob sleek, her black dress low-cut—gave Frank a crash course in two of her specialties: Fuck/Marry/Kill protocol and young adult novels. Claudia Kishi of The Babysitters Club, she explained, was “quirky”; Jessica Wakefield, of Sweet Valley High, “alpha”; Margaret, of Are You There God?, “normal.” Under Klausner’s guidance, Frank wisely chose to kill Claudia, marry Jessica, and fuck Margaret."
Molly Fischer, Julie Klausner, and The Baffler all nailed it.
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe! Enjoy a full slate of events before we take a break for the holiday party season; but don’t worry, the whole store is 10% off the entire month of December, and What the Dickens? A Christmas Carol reading is back and better than ever. All events are free and begin at 7pm unless otherwise specified.
- Tonight, we welcome The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who will tell us how to shun our possessions and live a better life. Sounds pretty good post–Black Friday, eh?
- Tomorrow we’re welcoming back The Baffler for “Ayn Rand: The Game Show” with Thomas Frank and Julie Klausner.
- Wednesday we’re super excited to be hosting the Bushwick Book Club as they celebrate Mark Twain in song. Guaranteed good times.
- And Thursday we host a discussion of Canada’s Polaris Prize with founder Steve Jordan and journalists Alan Light and Maura Johnston.
- We close at 6PM Friday, then this weekend is the Monthly Sale: 30% off storewide. We love you too.
"Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision."
Maybe Mr. Ryan will stop by The Baffler’s Ayn Rand: The Game Show on Nov. 27th and show us all how it’s done. Hopefully, he won’t be VP or very busy.
Three days left! The Baffler has been publishing long-form journalism for the last twenty four years. In that time, they’ve both delighted and rankled the populace on the topic of Big Business — specifically anti-Big Business. Their latest issue features work from the acclaimed and opinionated likes of Barbara Ehrenreich, Thomas Frank, and David Graeber, and we are more than sort of curious to see what will come next. Issues new and old are available to backers, but better hurry — only three days left to get ‘em!
Back The Baffler! We had a great time hosting the re-launch for Issue 19, you will have a great time backing them and reading it and all the issues. DO IT. FEEL GOOD.
HOUSING WORKS BOOKSTORE CAFE: Bringing the awesome every day this week. For free.
- Tonight, 4/2, 7PM, FREE
BIFx: The Baffler Innovation Forum, presented with McNally Jackson
Celebrate the long-awaited 19th issue of legendary journal The Baffler with new editor John Summers, veteran editor Chris Lehmann, and contributors Barbara Ehrenreich (so many books, including Nickel and Dimed) and David Graeber (Debt).
- Tuesday 4/3, 7PM, Free
Adult Education Presents: “Transformation”
Our monthly “useless lectures” series returns with “Transformation”, from how to negotiate your new life as a werewolf to how to buy a car in the 1860s.
- Wednesday 4/4, 7PM, Free
Alien vs. Predator: Michael Robbins, Sasha Frere-Jones, Kristin Hersh, Sara Marcus, & Choire Sicha
Choire Sicha, Sara Marcus, Kristin Hersh, and Sasha Frere-Jones join Michael Robbins to celebrate the release of the poet’s debut collection with Zach Baron. Which is called Alien vs. Predator and it is so good. This one’s going to be really fun.
- Thursday 4/5, 7PM, FREE
Ask Roulette with Kurt Andersen, Julie Klausner, and Maria Popova
Ask Roulette is an unscripted conversation in which participants ask and answer questions of each other in front of a live audience. It’s not as creepy as it sounds, it’s really fun.
- Friday 4/6, 4PM to 8PM: The Slush Pile Friday Night Happy Hour
Board games and great drink specials, including $8 for a beer and a grilled cheese, $15 bottles of wine, and $12 beer buckets.
- Saturday 4/7, 1PM, Free
Free performance by Destiny Africa Childrens’ Choir.
- Saturday 4/7 and Sunday 5/8, All day
Monthly 30% Off Sale! All Day April 7 & 8
30% off books, movies, music and more! Members always save an extra 10%.
"One of the great things about activism is that it’s full of ecstatic moments. That’s why you do it, aside from actually caring about the state of the world."
David Graeber will be here with John Summers, Chris Lehmann, and Barbara Ehrenreich next Monday, April 2 for BIFx: The Baffler Innovation Forum, presented with McNally Jackson.
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This Week's Readings
MONDAY: Book launch for Lisa Hanawalt’s My Dirty Dumb Eyes, a...