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Every Person in New York

reading Joyce Carol Oates reads the lottery at 92Y the Celebration of Shirley Jackson, Monday, December 19. Jackson, who was born 100 years ago today, did dread as well as anyone ever has. The initial response to the story, published in The New Yorker, was not especially favorable, as detailed here, though it certainly caused a stir. Ms. Oates will be joined by Ruth Franklin, author a new biography of Jackson, as well as by Miles Hyman. Mr. Hyman is Jackson's grandson and creator of the graphic novel adaptation of The Lottery—with exquisitely atmospheric illustrations.

music Pablo Larraín, who directed Jackie, has a second film out this year: Neruda, about the Chilean poet. It's not a biopic, but an oblique and entertaining contemplation of the man and his art.

music Seth Rudetsky and his husband James Wesley put together the What the World Needs Now is Love recording after the nightclub massacre in Orlando, to benefit victims. Now available from the same team is From Broadway with Love, a double-disc recording of a star-studded concert for Orlando. We'd list some of the highlights, but it's all highlights: one 11 o'clock number after another.

photography Photographer Eli Durst won the 2016 Aperture Portfolio Prize for his project In Asmara. He intended to capture the Eritrean capital's modernist architecture but was forbidden to do so. So he focused instead on details around that city, to great effect.

shopping The American Folk Art Museum gift shop has quite a few delightful animal-themed items right now. Here are five of them.

Painted tin zebra, made in Zimbabwe, $28

Sharks swimming tie, $52

Sit pillow, $80

Hand-carved barn owl, $145

Grinning cat mug, $26

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.


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