Neil Gaiman! Claire Messud! The Roots! Laurie Anderson! It's hectic up in this piece tonight! There's also an enormous lineup of super-short readings tonight at Kunsthalle Galapagos by a cavalcade of weirdos, including Lynne Tillman, Emily Gould, Christian Lorentzen and Gideon Lewis-Kraus.
"Now comes plutocratisation: the middle classes and small companies are falling victim to class-cleansing. Global cities are becoming patrician ghettos. In 2009, says [Columbia University's Saskia] Sassen, the top 1 per cent of New York City’s earners got 44 per cent of the compensation paid to its workers. The 'super-prime housing market' keeps rising even when the national economy collapses. After Manhattan, New York’s upper-middle classes are being priced out of Brooklyn. Sassen diagnoses 'gradual destruction.' Global cities are turning into vast gated communities where the one per cent reproduces itself."—This is why I like my theory that "Game of Thrones" is actually set in the future and London and New York and Paris are all the gross slave cities.
Hey, tomorrow it's going to actually be summer, instead of... whatever this is. Most important: Calexico is playing Saturday at the Prospect Park bandshell, and Solange is playing Sunday in McCarren Park. There, your weekend is perfection! READ MORE
Julie Klausner and Marc Maron want to entertain you at your lunch break, at the Bryant Park Reading Room at 12:30 p.m. Then, later: well, Macaulay Culkin's not a fella but a dinosaur DJ, tonight at Le Poisson Rouge, with "Macaulay Culkin's iPod presents Hulk Hogan's Slutty New Year's Eve in June Dinosaur Prom Night." There are other things to do as well, not like you'd need them.
Oh my God, these queens are absolutely crushing it on the matters of color palette ramifications in "Mad Men." This report will change your life in how you watch the show.
I went with "Respect my trendsetting" but I'm also considering "I believe luxury is to be able to go into a store and be able to afford something." Really you can't go wrong. #LAMPS
Today: Big Daddy Kane at the Highline Ballroom! And that highwire tightrope-walking French dude does a lunchtime chat at the Bryant Park Reading Room. Tig Notaro is on WNYC Soundcheck, Devendra Banhart is at Town Hall, J. Courtney Sullivan's book party is at Greenlight Books, and Future Bible Heroes plays the Chickfactor 21 party at The Bell House.