Didn’t get a chance to show off your Tolstoy and sexy frames at the last I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating? Don’t worry because CoverSpy and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe will be hosting another event on October 23 at the store. This time bookworms are restricted to ages 21-39. Tickets are $15 (including a free drink), but to encourage more gents, Millions men can get their tickets for $12 if they use the promotional code “MILLIONS.” Pair with: our essay on attending the first I Like Your Glasses.
To find yourself speed dating is to acknowledge, at least to yourself, not without humor, a waywardness of romantic course, to become increasingly conscious of yourself as an advertisement for yourself, a mercurial herald, as you move from one table to the next, one consciousness and then another and another flitting by image-saturated eyes.
Each participant found at the entrance a neon green envelope, including a library card in manila sleeve for taking notes on each “date,” and a name tag featuring the handle of a character from a favorite book (favorites requested earlier by e-mail). These would be our pseudonyms for the night. Each date would last an almost militantly enforced four minutes. A single case of lingering — whether affectionate, desirous, or uncertain — could cause the entire caterpillar crawl to go legs up. There was to be no lingering. Lingering is for books.
One thing about capitalism, I have noticed, is that its appeal is never stronger than in the aftermath of a breakup, love spilling forth from the vessel that shaped it, all that energy and longing to be known and to know in turn seeking new forms to cleave to, things that did not previously define you.
The ladies are currently outnumbering the gentlemen for our speed dating event, so we are recruiting you, bookish dudes (glasses not required).
You know how you always walk into a bookstore and are like “Dang, these girls are so cool and well-read, oh look she’s reading Zadie Smith, I wish I could talk to her.” Or “… she’s reading Don DeLillo, I wish I could talk to her.” Well, now your dreams are coming true. We’re matching people by their literary tastes. Plus a free drink to get things going! Buy a ticket now.
Hey, men! Did you hear that? They have too many women signed up for this literary speed dating event. What the heck are you waiting for??? There’s even a DISCOUNT CODE for reduced-price tickets!