Rebellious Reads: 5 Book Events You Don't Want To Miss

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"Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic"
The National Arts Club
Mar. 13, 6:30, Free
If you actually expend thought on something like the excessive (still developing) ado over Anne Hathaway's Oscar dress, it's true that Katherine Hepburn begins to appear very rebellious indeed. Today the film legend might embody the concept of "classic" style, but during the height of her career she maintained a relaxed control of her personal appearance that has been described as "insouciant," or as it amounted to, pretty darn badass. Hepburn helped change the image of the modern woman, using tailored, masculine suits to define her athleticism and independence, not to mention wearing trousers (!) in public (!) before that kind of thing was even allowed, socially speaking. Tonight The Fashion Committee celebrates the release of Jean Druesdow's book of essays Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic (Rizzoli) with an author appearance and screening of Adam's Rib--the 1949 comedy in which Hepburn plays an attorney opposite her 26-year-long secret love affair Spencer Tracy. Hepburnesque fashions are highly encouraged, so break out those pantsuits and Ferragamo flats.


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Good Enough to Read: 5 Can't-Miss Book Events

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Rob Bell, pink paint, and something that might be God.
'Dragons in Space Redux'
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., free
And here we are, rounding off Housing Works' Geek Week, or as any respectable frat guy might know it--every other week of the year. At tonight's panel discussion, science fiction and fantasy--sorry, we mean SF/F--writers Peter Brett (The Daylight War, Ace), Myke Cole (Fortress Frontier, Del Rey), and Ellen Kushner (The Privilege of the Sword, Spectra) discuss all the ins, outs, and space-time continuum rifts of the genre with Cici James, a vintage sci-fi archivist at Singularity & Co. Now, we may seem like a bunch of cool cats over here at the Voice, but we're no stranger to the culture. We conducted our share of wistful price comparisons on New Zealand flights when we found out that Hobbiton was a thing, and once at a party uttered the horrendously misbegotten pick-up line "You look like a young Qui-Gon Jinn." This should be proof enough to double our powers of authenticity. But hold that 12-sided die, because the genre is mutating. Panelists explore new sci-fi frontiers like magic in the military and a great many things that swashbuckle. Afterward they'll sign books and take audience questions. Did we mention the free drinks?

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Bon Voyage: Our Five Book Events Worth the Trip

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Nellie Bly, kickass lady.
Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson
The Strand
Tonight, 7pm, $10
Marriage is a tricky subject in film. This is probably because unlike, say, the central themes of Citizen Kane or many of the Terminators, the "marriage movie" concerns a topic that's close to what many viewers either have, or will experience first hand, which is to say, touchy. And so then we get things like Bride Wars. In her new book, I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies (Knopf),  film historian Jeanine Basinger explores just how it became common place to have to see Kate Hudson and (Oscar winner!) Anne Hathaway extend manicured Wolverine nails, shredding each others' gowns to pieces in an alter dust-up. She traces cinematic marriage representations from Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy to Coach and his wife in Friday Night Lights, speculating about the ways Hollywood effects real life companionship. Basinger will read and talk film with social historian Sam Wesson.


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Book It: Our Five Can't-Miss Readings This Week

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Michael Zapruder, books, and waterfowl.
Dina Nayeri & Julia Fierro
Book Court
Tonight, 7pm, Free
When one considers radical literature, old issues of Life magazine with Molly Ringwald and Barbara Streisand on the cover might not immediately come to mind. But for the 11-year-old twin sisters who are the protagonists of Dina Nayeri's new novel, they are treasured and illegal artifacts of Western culture. A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea (Riverhead) is about siblings leading parallel lives, one in an imagined America, the other under Iran's newly instated Islamic regime. Nayeri, who grew up in Tehran during the Revolution and moved to Oklahoma at ten, will read and discuss with novelist Julia Fierro.


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For the Love of Lit: Our Five Best Book Events This Week

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Paul Muldoon, rockstar poet.

I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating
Housing Works Bookstore
Tonight, 7pm, $10
Your skepticism is justified. People with the rock-solid attention spans and copious alone time required to really bunker down to some hardcore reading tend to be the very same who run for the stacks when faced with the comparative brevity and binge socializing of speed dates. But no more. Because here, sustaining a thimble-sized bloodbath of paper cuts after flipping through Infinite Jest's 388 extra-textual footnotes and vacationing at Walden Pond for two consecutive spring breaks doesn't make you weird or reclusive, no, but rather the stud. Dan Wilbur, author of How Not to Read teams up with seasoned hostess Jo Firestone to present this get together by CoverSpy. Daters are encouraged to bring a favorite book--there's no better wingman.

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Year-End Top Ten Lists: We Rank Each Number

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The year-end list is an odd phenomenon. In the past, they were one-offs newspapers ran to fill space during the holiday doldrums. Because the Internet is basically an excuse to run slideshows and top tens, year-end lists take center stage. You've read dozens of these pointless and arbitrary rankings in the past week, so we present to you the most pointless and arbitrary year-end list of them all: The top ten numbers used in year-end top ten lists.

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Here Are the 20 Most-Read Village Voice Stories of 2011

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Somewhat unbelievably, here we find ourselves on the last Friday of 2011. We hope this year has been a good one for you. As for us, well, we can't complain too much. After all, this is the post in which we get to brag a little: The most-read stories in the Voice for the year. Whee. Previous top stories include 2008's post by David Mamet, "Why I Am No Longer a Brain-Dead Liberal"; screenwriter Josh Olson's "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script," in 2009, and last year's "Is This Woman Too Hot To Work in a Bank?" by Elizabeth Dwoskin. (Read last year's hits if you're so inclined).

But on to this year! Here are the 20 stories of 2011 that you all read the most...

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10 Best 'Pepper-Spraying Cop' PhotoShops

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If you haven't seen the video of campus police officer Lt. John Pike pepper-spraying peaceful protesters at UC-Davis campus this weekend, we encourage you to watch--the satisfied expression on the campus police's face, amid audible student cries, is fairly harrowing. In addition to the video Runnin' Scared posted this weekend, there's another video here, shot from another angle, where in the first few seconds, you can actually see Pike brandishing the pepper-spray canister to the assembled crowd before he starts spraying, as if he's about to perform a magic trick. A still from the incident became the focus of a meme, as our resident OWS shoe-leather reporter Rosie Gray told you yesterday. And in the last 24 hours, the PhotoShop jokes over at peppersprayingcop.tumblr.com have gotten even funnier. See Pepper-Spray Cop get medieval on Super Grover's ass! Witness Pepper-Spray Cop handle a noisy Bush protester! Watch the Pepper-Spray Cop get some damn hippie Brits loitering in a crosswalk! Our 10 faves.

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Mistake-Prone New York Hospitals Feature in State Watch List

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A state list of hospitals that made potentially deadly safety mistakes features New York City facilities, the Post reports. The report, which uses 2009 data, cited an incident where doctors gave a patient the wrong blood transfusion at Jamaica Hospital. It also found 18 area hospitals that mistakenly left surgical tools or sponges in patients after operations. Columbia-Presbyterian was reported to have left instruments or sponges in patients five times--the second highest rate in the state. The highest number was at Highland Hospital in Rochester where doctors were reported to have left foreign objects in patients 9 times.

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Ten Hot Famous Fat Chicks

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Dan Weiss is the author of the blog Ask a Guy Who Likes Fat Chicks and he's profiled in our recent feature, "Guys Who Like Fat Chicks." He put together a list of ten hot famous bigger women with the disclaimer that he "tried to mix girls I personally think are pretty with girls you don't have to be an Fat Admirer to think are pretty." Either way, we trust his judgment.

If you don't want to squeeze a few of these cuties, you may need your head (and hands) checked.


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