How’s the state of your nation-state? Mine is sort of “eh.” The Laramie Project Cycle opens at BAM (with a gala!), Ron Currie and Phlilip Lopate read (separately, and I’m not suggesting that you go see them), and there’s a sold-out reading with George Saunders and Thomas Frank and others at the New Museum, if you can sneak in. Also don’t get tricked into going to see the Dead Kennedys, it would just disappoint. It’s a day of ambivalence! I blame Obama.