This week in New York, Harper’s presents “Love: A Rebuke” with Colson Whitehead, Heidi Julavits and Sam Lipsyte, Simon Critchley in bed with Cabinet’s Brian Dillon chatting about hypochondria, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Gignatic present the Greatest 3-Minute Rock ‘n Roll Story Ever, Adam Haslett reads from his debut novel, The Magnetic Fields perform, Zachary German and Tao Lin celebrate the release of German’s new book, and BOMB Magazine hosts its Winter Issue Launch Party.
MONDAY 2/8: Susan Sontag. PROMISED LANDS (1974). Susan Sontag’s third directorial effort and her only documentary, PROMISED LANDS scrutinizes the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict and the growing divisions within Jewish thought over the question of Palestinian sovereignty. Shot in Israel during the final days and immediate aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, it is undoubtedly one of Sontag’s most incisive examinations of contemporary Jewish consciousness, and she considered it her most personal film.With and introduction by artist Paul Chan. Anthology Film Archives. 32 Second Ave.
The Moth StorySlam! Theme: Love Hurts. 10 stories. 3 teams of judges. 1 winner. “This event always sells out.” Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. 126 Crosby St. $7. 7pm.
TUESDAY 2/9: Eat When You Feel Sad. A “Party-Night of Mayhem” to celebrate the release of Zachary German’s Eat When You Feel Sad (Melville House). Tao Lin, author of SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL, will join to co-host the event and interview German about his new book. Wine will be served. WORD. 126 Franklin St. 7:30-9pm.
Cabinet: The Art of Hypochondria. Brian Dillon, Cabinet’s UK editor, explores the lives of nine eminent malingerers—including Darwin, Proust, and Warhol—and the fear of illness that drove them to withdraw from the world. Science historian D. Graham Burnett (Princeton University) and literary historian Marina van Zuylen (Bard College) will join Dillon in a discussion of this most elusive of conditions. The evening will end with a Q&A with the audience. The Kitchen. 512 West 19th St. 7-9pm.
WEDNESDAY 2/10: BOMB’s Winter Issue 110 Launch Party & Reading. Join BOMB’s editors for an evening of readings, conversations, and multimedia presentations by the contributors and translators for BOMB’s Winter Issue, dedicated to Colombia and Venezuela. Moderated by BOMB Senior Editor Monica de la Torre and featuring: Luis Molina Pantin’s narco-architecture photographs, and Videos by the Caracas-based team Nacimento/Lovera. El Museo del Barrio. 1230 Fifth Avenue @ 104th St. 6:30-9pm.
Harper’s Magazine Presents Love: A Rebuke. To coincide with St. Valentine’s Day, Harper’s Magazine presents: “Love: A Rebuke,” a reading featuring selections from the magazine and new work by Harper’s Magazine contributors Colson Whitehead, Heidi Julavits, and Sam Lipsyte. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. 126 Crosby St. 7pm.
“Taking to Our Beds: On Hypochondria,” with Simon Critchley, Brian Dillon and Peter Dunn. This talk/performance will feature Dillon in conversation about culture and hypochondria while sharing a sickbed and hot-water bottle with philosopher Simon Critchley, author of The Book of Dead Philosophers. The invalids will be attended by psychoanalyst Peter Dunn. Cabinet. 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn. 7-9pm.
THURSDAY 2/11: Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Gigantic Present: Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n Roll Story Ever. Musicians, writers and artists come together in a night of storytelling about “the greatest rock shows ever known.” With readings by Jami Attenberg, Justin Taylor, Kendra Grant Malone, James Yeh and Lincoln Michel. Plus a special set by The Wailing Wall. Bar Matchless. 557 Manhattan Ave, at Driggs Ave, Bklyn. 7pm.
MAN RAY on Film. In conjunction with the exhibition ALIAS MAN RAY: THE ART OF REINVENTION at The Jewish Museum, Anthology Film Archives will screen a program of the films Man Ray created or worked on during the course of his career. (You can also see some online here). 7:30pm.
Don Delillo reads at Book Court. 7pm.
RISK! OBSESSIONS: One Track Minds. RISK! is a show where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share, live on stage, featuring some of the brightest actors, writers and comedians around. Featuring Guillia Rozzi, Juliet Wayne, Peter Lubell, Mike Daisey, Mike Showalter. Created and hosted by Kevin Allison of the legendary sketch comedy troupe The State. 92Y Tribeca. 200 Hudson St. $15. 7pm.
It’s Not You, It’s Me. Anti-Valentine’s Day Party with Jonathan Ames. Jonathan Ames emcees a round-robin reading of humorous, wise, bitter, and uplifting breakup-inspired poetry from this new anthology. Jerry Williams, Bob Hicok, Donna Masini, and Mark Halliday will read and discuss their love lives and their work at this Anti-Valentine’s Day Party! Powerhouse Arena. 7-9pm.
FRIDAY 2/12: Adam Haslett celebrates the release of his debut novel Union Atlantic. Haslett’s short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here (2002) was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award and the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Book Court. 7pm.
SATURDAY 2/13: The Magnetic Fields perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Howard Gilman Opera House. 30 Lafayette Ave. 8pm.
SUNDAY 2/14: Akira Kurosawa’s RAN celebrates its 25th anniversary. Watch the iconic film in a new 35mm print. Film Forum. 209 W. Houston St.
ART: DAMIEN HIRST. END OF AN ERA. End of an Era, the title of Damien Hirst’s just-opened exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery, is also the title of the centerpiece work, a bull’s head in formaldehyde encased in a vitrine of glass and gold-plated steel that rests on a marble plinth. Or, perhaps a catafalque? The bull’s head, is both a reference to Hirst’s breakthrough work, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, the shark-in-a-tank that made Hirst a star, and the end of an era of his work that includes a series of tanked sheep, cows and cut-up calf. Also on display is an array of the work he’s done post-shark, including walls lined with medicine cabinets, dot-paintings and Cubic Zirconia. Gagosian Gallery. 980 Madison Ave. @77th St.
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Original Notable New York Illustration © André da Loba
Other images in order of appearance: Painful Memories/Forgotten Tears (Damien Hirst, 2008).