Like a Monkey Shot Into Space, Book Fight Club Blasts into Hollywood


Let’s face it; books are for dorks.

First of all, there’s all those words, words, words. Honestly, who has the time?

Then you have to read those words in order.

Before you know it, you’re knee-deep in sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and, heaven forbid, an addendum.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, books are simply impossible to avoid. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and crack one open, or attend a literary event and pretend like you do.

Which is why I was relieved to hear that TOW Books has organized a Book Fight Club for this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at iO West in Hollywood.

What is Book Fight Club? According to the event’s Facebook page, the evening will be hosted by comedian/actor/writer Jen Kirkman and feature a trio of TOW writers reading from their books.

John Warner, editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and founder of TOW Books, will read from So You Want to be President: Find Out if you Have the Ego, Bankroll and Moral Flexibility to Lead the Nation and Take on the World, Wendy Molyneaux will read from Everything is Wrong With You: The Modern Woman’s Guide to Finding Self-Confidence through Self-Loathing, and Kate Hahn will, and I’m not making this up, fight a monkey live on stage.

I’m not really sure why Hahn plans to battle a simian instead of reading from her forthcoming book Forgotten Fashion: An Illustrated Faux History of Outrageous Trends and their Untimely Demise, but I’m sure she has her reasons.

And besides, this is the type of out-of-the-box thinking that might make reading cool again.

Oh, and a little primate told me that you, dear readers, can get half off at the door by mentioning LA Metblogs.

Photo: Miss Sam, a rhesus monkey, the lone crew member a 1960 Mercury spacecraft test launch. Courtesy of NASA Archive.

2 Replies to “Like a Monkey Shot Into Space, Book Fight Club Blasts into Hollywood”

  1. For what it’s worth, the Schott’s Almanac Page-a-Day calendar for today lists “Some Animals of Note in Space.” (Miss Sam is not on the list, but Felix, a French stray cat, is.)

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