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It’s been a Seriously Entertaining season.

Friends, New Yorkers, countrymen: without you, life is like a blunt pencil… pointless.
We thank you from the bottom of our book bags for your kind patronage, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another Seriously Entertaining evening on September 22nd, when our guests will be exploring Altered States. We’re currently working on cooking up another delicious menu of literary treats, so stop by our website to find out who’ll be coming to dinner, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can even sign up to receive an email alert once the line­up has been neatly etched in stone. Even better, join the House of SpeakEasy family. Enjoy discounted tickets, special invitations, and take your books to the beach in our distinctive SpeakEasy tote bag.

Seriously Entertaining Upcoming Shows
9.22.15 ALTERED STATES
11.11.15 HAPPY NOW?

All events are held at City Winery • 155 Varick Street New York, NY
6PM Doors / 8PM Start (Schedule Subject to Change)

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by Charles Arrowsmith

Summertime Blues

We don’t believe in fate at the House of SpeakEasy but there was something of the pathetic fallacy in last week’s show, Summertime Blues, falling as it did at the start of a gloomily tropical week in New York City. Fortunately, we had all the right ingredients to dispel any seasonal mooning. Our spring/summer finale featured Sarah Lewis, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Irvine Welsh, Laura Michelle Kelly, Edward Hirsch, and Steven Pinker, plus a whole lotta painting, philosophy, burger-flipping, poetry, and first dates.

Sarah Lewis, first up, took us back into the past. Her grandfather, Shadrach Emmanuel Lee, a bassist who played with Lionel Hampton and Count Basie, turned to the arts in high school, when he “asked his teacher where African-Americans were in the history books. And his teacher had told him,” Lewis continued, “that we had done nothing to merit inclusion. For his repeated insistence on asking that question, he was expelled from high school.”

“He certainly is not alone in being inspired on to creative heights through the adversity borne by the foundations of his own life. My grandfather inspired me to consider this phenomenon more closely. I was so inspired that I wrote an entire book about it, entitled The Rise.” (Read our review of The Rise here).

“At the end of my grandfather’s life,See More >

WE SERIOUSLY LIKE
  1. Is Argentina the bookstore capital of the world? The Guardian thinks so, and you might too. Buenos Aires has the highest rate of bookstores per capita in the world!
  2. Stephen King rates Franzen, hasn’t read Austen… and other revelations courtesy of The New York Times‘s “By the Book” feature.
  3. Elena Ferrante speaks! To The Paris Review, to be precise. And she keeps a dream diary! They should publish that.
  4. Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike… Karl Ove Knausgaard’s gone to look for America. Check out his two-part New York Times saga here and here.
  5. LitHub has launched! And it’s awesome. Check out Alexander Chee on word-lust and the multi-volume trend, from Harry Potter to Elena Ferrante. There’re also excerpts from new books that you’ll probably then want to read. Sigh.
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