"In this novel, the young are dull and clueless, but the elderly, despite their infirmities, are brilliant. Even demented, they make more sense than the absurd world they’ve stumbled into." (via ‘Half the Kingdom,’ by Lore Segal - NYTimes.com)
Lore Segal will be here TOMORROW, in conversation with James Marcus. Free drinks courtesy of Melville House!
"People who are harder to love pose a challenge, and the challenge makes them easier to love. You’re driven to love them. People who want their love easy don’t really want love."
"I’ve always had the idea that there’s a distinction between what we think of as the author and the person who is actually the writer. That distinction is something along the lines of the author is the person who knows everything, who meant everything that the reader senses or imagines or feels, and is aware of every last meaning in the book. And the writer is this sort of bumbling person who writes, but doesn’t always mean everything, doesn’t always know everything. And then the audience expects the author, but it’s the writer, of course, who shows up instead. I’ve loved enough authors and known enough writers to understand that that distinction is real."
"The mature Dorothea does not deny her passions, but also accepts that they cannot, given the circumstances she herself has chosen, be met. Nothing in my reading experience until then had shown me such a character, a woman with this degree of both fire and self-control."
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: two events featuring book design, two events with free drinks, the Internet, and sex. You can’t resist us.
- TONIGHT! Recovering the Classics presents a Pop-Up Gallery Show of the beautiful new covers they’ve designed for those sorely mistreated public domain books. First 200 drinks are free, and the prints will be for sale along with a selection of Litographs inspired by the new designs! Good times for all, free, 7-9pm.
- And tomorrow we’re going to have a GRAND PIANO in the bookstore for Anxiety of Influence. Pianist composer Timo Andres (he worked with Gabriel Kahane on the American Guide project, which you might have caught at the Downtown Literary Festival in April or at Carnegie Hall, NBD) will be joined by Peter Mendelsund, legendary book cover designer, and the New Yorker's Leo Carey to discuss: how does an artist remain faithful to a tradition while making it their own? Free wine while it lasts! Free, 7pm.
- And Wednesday Vol. 1 Brooklyn presents The Greatest 3-Minute Internet Stories. A/S/L? Free, 7pm.
- Thursday we discuss Sex, Love and the Novel with Adelle Waldman, whose debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. has been blowing UP, Kate Bolick (The Atlantic), Parul Sehgal (New York Times Book Review), Emily Cooke (The New Inquiry) and moderator David Haglund (Slate). As hook-up culture usurps the marriage plot, does the fluid nature of modern relationships present a special challenge for the novel?
On reading Lolita and first kisses with boys with “Chiclet-perfect teeth.” (via Rookie » Two Kinds of Memory)
"I’ve had a lot of experience analyzing various bad boyfriends, both mine and my friends’, trying to figure out why men who are smart, and who aren’t evil or unfeeling, did some of the things they did."
—Adelle Waldman (The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.), who will be here for "Sex, Love and the Novel" on Thursday, August 1.
"But I think it’s so important to be actively reading while writing. If writing is like driving a car, reading is stopping to fill up with gasoline."
Escape the heat wave while enjoying a cold one in our glorious air-conditioning at this week’s events:
- Today kicks off the Summer Fiction Sale! All things not true, totally made up, definitely not semi-autobiographical no sir, lies lies lies on sale, including children’s, YA, comics books, and regular ole’ fiction books. Thirty percent off our already discounted prices, all for charity, you can do no wrong, come buy all the books.
- Tomorrow we welcome Emily Gould, Sadie Stein, and Lukas Volger for a discussion on Laurie Colwin and Home Cooking in 2013. If you eat food (do you?) you won’t want to miss this. We are making gingerbread for it!
- Wednesday, Ask Roulette is back inviting you to ask a stranger a question! Totally not creepy, swear. With special guests Jamie Shupak, Mike Doughty, Jess Dweck, and as always house band Eli Bolin.
- And Thursday The Moth StorySLAM will explore the theme Wanderlust. Line up early for 7pm doors.
- Happy Day Happy Hour will end a little early on Friday; we close at 6pm for a private event, but you can enjoy cheap booze and board games from 10am to 6pm.
- And on Sunday Gotham Writers’ Workshop offers a free article writing workshop at 11am in our cafe area.
BRB, gonna stick my head in the freezer.