Commentor Lahke reminded me — over the holidays, I asked about doing another Book Chat group-reading. Executive decision, next Monday, January 20th, at 9pm EST, I’m going to start talking about the first few chapters of Mark Lebovitch’s This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital. Anyone wants to can hate-read along with me.
Suspect we’ll be bored with that chew-toy after a couple or three weeks, and then I’m going to move on to Elizabeth Cline’s Overdressed: the Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. Which is not about getting dressed up or picking out styles — as Katha Pollitt puts it, “Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries.”
Nine o’clock may be a little early for West Coat readers, but I don’t wanna keep any Easterners up past their bedtime. Next Monday is a holiday (MLK Day) for at least some of us, so it’s probably as good a test as any to see if we need to switch to a different day or time.