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The fact that Hands on the Freedom Plow—a chronicle of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee actions during the Civil Rights Movement—was originally slotted in the ol’ Dig Calendar as “Hands on the Freedom Trail” probably means something. And that something is … Continue reading
During the day Gary Shteyngart hangs out at Columbia with James Franco and jokes about how smart and talented he and his friends are. At night, he writes self-insert fan-fiction in which he and his improbably attractive Asian girlfriend struggle to survive in a media-saturated near-future wasteland. Said fan-fiction then finds its way on to the New York Times bestseller list and then never leaves. Even he when’s being lame, Shteyengart still ends up being cool. Stupid lucky Shteyngart. Hear Shteyngart read from said lame dumb book for idiots, Super Sad True Love Story, over at Brattle Theatre, thanks to those jerks at Harvard Book Store.
[Wed 5.18.11. 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617.876.6838. 6pm/$5. harvard.com]
When we refer to Robert and Ellen Kaplan as “a wizened couple cuter than a kitten poking out of a mound of sweaters,” we’re not using the term “wizened” as in “aged.” We mean it as in “they’re wizards.” The Kaplans founded The Math Circle, a Boston-based gathering of computational conjurers who sit around uttering arcane incantations and discussing Fermat’s Last Theorem with an enthusiasm normally reserved for finding a quarter in the street while on meth. See? Wizards. This pair of married mages come to the Harvard Book Store to discuss their book Hidden Harmonies, which tracks the history of the Pythagorean theorem, from Babylon to third-period trig.
[Thu. 1.27.11. 1256 Mass. Ave., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617.661.1515. 7pm/all ages/free. harvard.com]
“No campaign plan survives first contact with the enemy.” The campaign German field marshall Helmuth von Moltke was referring to was more of the pointy-hats and horses variety, but damned if that advice doesn’t hold true for the tour bus and attack ad Democratic process. What gets you in office probably won’t keep you there, as political analyst Richard Wolffe explores in his newest book, Revival: The Struggle for Survival in the Obama White House, which he’ll be discussing with the tough crowd over at the Harvard Book Store. How do you navigate the thin strip of territory between capitulation and compromise? Holding true to your ideals, and losing to the literally insane? [1256 Mass. Ave., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617.661.1515. 7pm/free. harvard.com]
Equal parts Elvis Presley and Che Guevara, Phil Ochs penned a good portion of the soundtrack to being pissed back in the ’60s, including “The Draft Dodger Rag” and “I Ain’t Marching Anymore.” Tragically, anger’s twin cousins, misery and booze, finally caught up with Ochs in the mid-’70s, and he took his own life at the age of 35. The Cambridge Forum, in conjunction with his sister, Sonny Ochs, and the Harvard Book Store, keep his message of snarky defiance alive, with an evening of protest at First Parish Church Meetinghouse. [1446 Mass. Ave., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617.876.7772. 7pm/$20, $15 members, $10 children. harvard.com]