Monday, September 24th

Women of New York emit a mighty mass moan as George Clooney arrives at the Ziegfeld for the premiere of Michael Clayton, his new film about a corporate law firm in New York. (And pssst: It’s good!) Also present: his never-aging co-star Tilda Swinton, who’s kind of like an endearingly odd Cate Blanchett. We have no idea where the after-party is, but we’re pretty sure Mr. Clooney won’t able to keep his meaty mitts off the cocktail waitresses! Plus, more readings: uptown, reclusive and geniusy though slightly cold novelist Don DeLillo; downtown, effusive feminist Katha Pollitt, from her new collection of personal essays, “two of which appeared in The New Yorker,” Ms. Pollitt reminded us on the phone, “and one of which was made fun of by The New York Observer.” Oh, right, oops! The book’s title is Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories. “I got my license when I was 52,” Ms. Pollitt said. Better late than never, honey! What else is in there? “Life, love, divorce, motherhood, sex, writing, politics, being in a Marxist study group, and the decline and fall of practically everything, including myself … There’s a piece called ‘End of’ about how the world is going to hell.” Just so long as you nevah, nevah bring up your “lovah” again, sister girlfriend!

[Michael Clayton premiere, The Ziegfeld Theatre, 141 West 54th Street, 7 p.m.; Don DeLillo at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street, 8 p.m., www.92y.org; Katha Pollitt at Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place, 7 p.m., 212-420-0816]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 24th