Yes, Verlyn Klinkenborg is both a writer with a raging rural-boner and the perfect name for a steampunk automaton. Yes, as a New York Times editorial board member he’s been accused of wasting inches to opine about nature shit that catches his attention (“Mud: What’s It Up To, Anyway?”). And yes, tonight he’ll be at Brookline Booksmith, discussing the art of the well-chosen word and his latest piece of pressed print, Several Short Sentences About Writing. The point: some readings are “costumes encouraged”—all are “costumes allowed,” and steampunkartsupplies.com is a thing which exists.
[Mon 8.27.12. 279 Harvard St., Brookline 617.566.6660. 7pm/all ages/$5. @booksmithtweets. brooklinebooksmith.com]