Notable New York: 8/26-9/1

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TUESDAY 08/27:
Wayne Koestenbaum continues making the rounds, reading from his new book My 1980s and Other Essays. Tuesday’s event includes a reading and a discussion with documentary filmmaker John Walter (How to Draw a Bunny). McNally Jackson, 7pm, free.

Mental Marginalia, “literary NYC’s drunk uncle” and a pretty great reading series, turns two this August. To celebrate their throwing a Annibrithdary Party. The night will feature readings from Marina Blitshteyn, Russell Dillon, Chris Slaughter, and Katie Byrum, as well as “some poorly-thought out crowd-participatory activities.” The West, 8pm, free.

The Soundtrack Series finishes their summer run of themed nights focusing on specific decades with a night of stories about songs from the 90s. Who better to remind us of stories about songs from the 90s than former Mtv VJ Kennedy? The night will also include stories from Jordan Carlos, Jessica Delfino, Brian Silliman, David Crabb, and host Dana Rossi. The Gallery at LPR, 8pm, $5 advance / $8 at the door.

WEDNESDAY 08/28:
Scrapped Magazine, a publication in its infancy, focused on creating a platform for showcasing emerging artists, is hosting a launch party for their second issue. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what is happening at the launch party, but the magazine is beautiful (everything they do is, look at the flier for the launch) and there will be drinks. Culturefix, 6pm, free.

Francesco Marciuliano launches the sequel to his book I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats (self explanatory, right?), I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs. powerHouse Arena, 7pm, free.

If the launch of an art magazine or poems by dogs aren’t your thing, there’s alway the launch for An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails. The book features recipes and an illustrated history of your favorite drinks. The event will feature the author Orr Shtuhl, New York Times spirits writers Clay Risen and Robert Simonson, and Flatiron Room whiskey sommelier Heather Greene and potentially a few drunk event attendees. McNally Jackson, 7pm, free.

THURSDAY 08/29:
Dolan Morgan is doing the opposite of everything on this list. He’s destroying his book Thursday. This un-launch of Morgan’s Google Place Reviews features a destruction of the collection, as well as final readings from it by Iris Cushing, Natalie Eilbert, Mike Lala, and Danniel Schoonebeek, who will also read other works they hope to retire. WORD Brooklyn, 7pm, free.

MK Asante launches the memoir Buck Thursday evening with a reading from the memoir and a discussion with Kiese Laymon. powerHouse Arena, 7pm, free.


Dustin Luke Nelson is a founding editor of InDigest and the host of the InDigest Reading Series. He is a 2012 National Poetry Series finalist and has recently had work published in the Greying Ghost Pamphlet Series, Opium, METRO Twin Cities, Scud, 3:AM, and elsewhere. He has been a writer and producer on Radio Happy Hour and Geocachers. He lives in Astoria, tweets at @dlukenelson, and blogs at blogsareaboutego.blogspot.com. More from this author →