To Do Thursday: Hang With Matt Zoller Seitz

(Photo by Ken Kurson.)

The Sandwich board outside The Strand.

Matt Zoller Seitz has been one of America’s sharpest film and television critics at least since he came to my attention in the mid-’90s at The Star-Ledger, to which he repaired after nearly winning a Pulitzer at The Dallas Observer. From there, it has been Salon, The New York Times, New York magazine and Vulture, and he’s now even the editor in chief at He’s even taken a whirl at directing, with the Brooklyn talker Home. But the main thing is the guy can write. Mr. Seitz’s first book, The Wes Anderson Collection, is out right now, and tonight he’ll be at the Strand, along with NY1’s Lisa Rosman and The New Yorker’s Richard Brody, discussing with anyone who buys a copy the auteur who gave us Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom and Bottle Rocket, in which Dignan memorably wondered aloud, “How does an asshole like Bob get such a great kitchen?”

The Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, Rare Book Room, Third Floor, 212-473-1452, 7-8 p.m., free