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INT. MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY — EVENING CINDY ADAMS is standing with a friend among a crowd of hundreds, surveying the black-tie attendees at the PEN Literary Gala, who include Philip Roth, Zadie Smith, Jay McInerney, Jennifer Egan, Candace Bushnell, Joanna Coles and Peter Godwin.
Ms. Adams is wearing a splashy, graphic print jacket and a bun atop her head. A stream of partygoers greet her. She is approached by the Transom and asked how to work a room.
Celebrities give back
If you still haven’t picked out the perfect stocking stuffer for the guy (or gal!) who has everything, mosey over to CharityBuzz.com, an auction site that is currently offering a holiday-themed assortment of goodies. Its celebrity auctions are particularly spectacular. Who wouldn’t want David Lynch reading their screenplay, or Jennifer Egan to Skype into their book club? (Don’t even get us started on the two-hour date with Academy Award nominee James Cromwell.)
What are you doing from 8-9 p.m. tonight, and for the next nine nights after that?
Tweeting about the shows you’re watching on your ex-boyfriend’s mom’s HBO Go account? Staring at your iPhone until you know shows up at the party? Catching up on your Sexstrology?
Good! Then you’ll be in just the place to catch “Black Box,” Jennifer Egan‘s latest New Yorker story, which will be serialized on Twitter, starting tonight.
Occupy The People's Library
Under a makeshift metal-and-bamboo arch at Zuccotti Park this week, The Transom spotted a sign proclaiming “The People’s Library” tacked onto a bulletin board below a table fashioned from plastic book bins. Written in sloppy, black Sharpie another pushpin note read: “Jonathan Lethem 11/7 3:30.”
In this week’s Observer, zine-makers Thessaly LaForce (of The Paris Review) and Jenna Wortham (of The Times) discussed putting together Girl Crush–a publication featuring writing by and about the enviable Jennifer Egan, among others. Ms. LaForce and Ms. Wortham have revealed the Girl Crush cover, and it’s hardly black-on-white Xerox. The Read More
Thessaly LaForce, web editor of The Paris Review, and Jenna Wortham, technology reporter for The New York Times, recently came up with the idea for a zine called Girl Crush, about female affection for role models. “It’s someone you want to be like, and someone you think is cool. It’s a Read More
When The Observer talked to Chris Dixon earlier this week about technophobes and what the tech industry can do to allay their fears about the future, the Hunch co-founder emphasized his belief that every tool can be used negatively and positively. He brought up targeted online advertising as an example: sure, he said, the Read More
Out of nowhere in Rick Moody’s new novel The Four Fingers of Death, there is a gay sex scene involving two astronauts flying on a rocket ship to Mars. “There was a sharp stabbing sensation, sort of how I imagine it must feel to find your innards impaled on a pike,” Mr. Moody Read More
Yoking Bret Easton Ellis to Hot Tub Time Machine and The National, 36-year-old book critic Taylor Antrim reflects upon the cultural dominance of sad middle-aged white guys:
Imperial Bedrooms is not great, but in its better moments the novel contributes to our culture’s rich seam of aging slacker angst. Correction: aging male Read More
This week, “Movies With a View” screens Annie Hall in Brooklyn Bridge Park. There will also be a DJ set, which means: DIANE KEATON DANCE PARTY. Assuming that we’re also allowed to drink white wine, this is basically our ideal night out (Thursday, July 8, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.). And this is Read More