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ARTS PICK: JAMAICA KINCAID @ HARVARD BOOK STORE

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Seriously, like, one of the first lines is the husband referring to his wife as “that horrible bitch who’d arrived on a banana boat.” Continue reading

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EARTH PRIME TIME: BEST VALENTINE’S COMICS

Love and Rockets - The Hernandez Brothers All is well this Valentine’s Day. The champagne or sparkling grape juice is chilled and the Rat Pack playlist has been chosen. After dinner and chocolates, you and your sweetie, (perhaps just by yourself) are getting into bed with rose petals and a big fat juicy stack of comics. That’s right, Earth Prime Time has your most romantic four-color stories this week to read to your baby this Valentine’s Day.
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DIG THIS: HARVARD BOOK STORE PRESENTS: NICK FLYNN @ BRATTLE THEATRE

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“Dude, great news! Robert DeNiro’s playing your dad!” “Oh, awesome! Who’s playing me?” “ … Paul Dano.” “Oh.” Continue reading

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EARTH PRIME TIME: INTERVIEW: NEW YORKER COVER ARTIST ADRIAN TOMINE SIGNS ‘NEW YORK DRAWINGS’ AT HARVARD BOOK STORE

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Contemporary comic book artist, writer, cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist Adrian Tomine signs his most current Drawn and Quarterly hardcover at Harvard Book Store tomorrow. New York Drawings is an anthology of New Yorker covers, record covers, and character sketches from in and around New York City. Adrian spend most of his life on the West Coast, cultivating a cult following for his Optic Nerve mini-comic. Here is an exclusive interview with Adrian touching upon his successes, the comic market, and insight into the process behind his signature clean line style. Continue reading

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PAUL AUSTER @ THE BRATTLE

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Then again, writer Paul Auster— of The Invention of Solitude and the New York Trilogy of existentialist detective stories—is handy when it comes to imparting the full absurdity and emotional weight of life, like he does in his latest, The Invention of Solitude. Continue reading

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MY LAST SUPPER @ HARVARD BOOK STORE

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The tradition of the last meal has been a long-standing tradition in places that have somehow managed to justify institutional murder over the years America. Continue reading

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ROBERT JAY LIFTON @ HARVARD BOOK STORE

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At the end of the Korean War, the young psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton momentary considered returning to his residency in Brooklyn, and a lifetime of helping people get over their fear of dirty door knobs that would probably have resulted. Instead, Lifton found himself intrigued by those affected by “involuntary thought reform (read: brainwashing), and devoted his life towards probing the dark corners of uncharted psychic territory. In his memoir Witness to an Extreme Century, which he’ll be reading from at Harvard Book Store, Lifton reminisces on conversations with Nazi doctors, atrocity survivors and other snippets of psychohistory the Twentieth Century would like to forget.

[TUE 7.5.11. 1256 Mass Ave., Cambridge. 617.661.1515. 7pm/free. harvard.com]

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MARJORIE GARBER @ HARVARD BOOK STORE

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You! Yeah, you, with the pea coat! Sir Mopes-a-lot! Put. The Kundera. Down. Good books get a bad rap these days, mostly on account of all those irredeemable assholes who are liable to curl up their lips into origami because you didn’t catch their perfectly-timed Master and Margarita reference. But what makes great lit great? Harvard professor of English Marjorie Garber tackles the question of whether or not the Western Canon’s got any ammunition left in her book The Use and Abuse of Literature, and she’ll be making her case over at Harvard Book Store this evening. Irredeemable assholes, take notes.

[Tue. 3.29.11. 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617.661.1515. 7pm/all ages/$5. harvard.com]