On Friday I covered The Women of Brewster Place—as a musical!—for The Washington Post. Later that evening, we caught Stephen Colbert explain "truthiness" to Tim Russert at Lisner. Then off to meet up with a friend in town for the The Society for the History of Technology conference. In between I found time to shuttle kids to swim lessons, apple picking and a day at the zoo where I was traumatized by the free-range spiders at the dark and creepy invertebrate house.
It's Monday and we're still reeling from Friday, but here goes, a few links for your perusal:
NYC Event: It's time again for Opium Magazine's Literary Death Match. Tonight catch writers duke it out for the literary heavyweight title: Thomas Cooper (Opium) v. Giancarlo Trapano (New York Tyrant) v. Susan Buttenwieser (failbetter) v. Pedro Ponce (Quick Fiction). Judges includes guest blogger Ben Greenman, Happy Ending host, Amanda Stern, and Joshua Furst, the author of Short People. Doors open at 7 at the Kitchen, show starts at 7:30, and $7 gets you in the door.
Prize news: last week Irish author Ann Enright won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Gathering. Enright is the second Irish woman to win the prize and joins fellow her countryfolk: Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and John Banville. The Gathering moves its way to the top of our To-Be-Read pile, as we admit that we really didn't love On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan's novel that was considered a forerunner for the Booker by insiders.
Favorite Quote from Doris Lessing on wining the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature this month:
"Oh Christ!" she said, when told about the monumental honor. "I couldn't care less." —The Washington Post
[Go ahead, visit Lessing's Myspace page, you know you want to...]
Happy Monday — xxoo, tHB