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On Sex, Love and the Novel (along with This Week’s Readings)

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I meant to do a post on the excellent panel “Sex, Love and the Novel" at Housing Works last Thursday, which featured Kate Bolick, Emily Cooke, Parul Sehgal, Adelle Waldman, and moderator David Haglund. But now that I’m looking at my notes, it’s all a jumble of ideas and reading suggestions and opinions. So in a kind of (hopefully not too annoying) stream-of-conscious way, I’d like to share some of the discussions:

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BookStalked: Jessica Strand of Strand Bookstore

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Decades ago, the Strand was one of 48 bookstores on Book Row, a street in New York named after the London publishing hub. Today, it’s the last man standing. Jessica Strand (no relation, though she is the daughter of poet Mark Strand) has run the store’s event programming for the past year. Formerly an LA writer who published multiple books on entertaining, Jessica has strengthened the Strand’s reputation as a literary destination, hosting 3-4 events per week. I got the chance to chat with Jessica about her experiences, which include her trick for keeping Martin Amis happy, a James Franco reading debacle, and the best upcoming events this winter.

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