|books…National Book Award Nominees:
Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski
A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus
The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta
The Zero by Jess Walter
[The above are nominees for fiction. For non-fiction, poetry, and young people's literature, click here]
Man Booker Prize Winner:
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
indie rock…Monday: Get festive with Oh My Rockness and three of their favorite NYC bands (Apes & Androids, Cause Co-Motion! and Titus Andronicus) as they celebrate two awesome years of indie rock show lists! With free Sparks from 8-9PM. Tuesday-Saturday: The CMJ Music Marathon hits town this week with hundreds of shows, day and night.
comedy…It's a good thing Demetri Martin was born in the age of irony, because his faux-naif schtick depends on it. But he did and we buy it — not only does he make us laugh, there seems to be an original intelligence fermenting behind the wide eyes.
talk…And speaking of original thinkers, you should get some genuine food for thought from ethno-architect Travis Price when he gives a talk at the Explorers Club on October 30th, 6:30pm. His new book, The Archaeology of Tomorrow, continues his consideration of how the spirit of place intersects with modern design.
classical…Presenting new and innovative American music is the mission of Forecast Music, a group comprised of composers, performers, and a resident conductor. They're performing tonight at Galapagos, 70 N. 6th [Kent/Wythe] Bklyn at 8pm, $10.
shopping…Someone posted a link to this on Talkin' Broadway, and we just loved the idea of a Carol Channing ventriloquist's doll. It's $39.99, why yesshhh it eeizz.
art… Opening tonight at Cue, 511 W. 25th [10th/11th] 212.206.3583, 6-8pm, is an exhibition of artist Ellen Zweig's latest work. Through videos and video installations, Ms. Zweig reveals ambivalence about the idea of traveling through another culture, and acknowledges that travel sometimes presents insoluble mysteries. The Cue installation centers around the Chinese idiom 'throw rock ask road' or, as we might say, 'testing the waters.' Read her interesting artist's statement to find out more.