From The New Yorker:
…Inspired by the magazine’s Prohibition-era column “Speakeasy Nights”, these cabaret-style evenings will feature readings, talks, live music, and other diversions; good fun in hard times.
Our first Speakeasy will be called “Love Is Strange” (which it is) and will be hosted by The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman. Here’s what’s on tap:
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) will read a love letter from Dylan Thomas to his wife, Caitlin.
New Yorker fiction writers Jeffrey Eugenides and Karen Russell will discuss love and literature.
Victor Rasuk (Raising Victor Vargas) will read a story by Junot Díaz.
And the Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear will play an acoustic set.
Sounds like a wonderfully romantic way to spend February 14th! smile
UPDATE: According to the New Yorker online, “…for a video of the evening, including readings by Gabriel Byrne and Victor Rasuk and a performance by Grizzly Bear, check newyorker.com on February 23rd.”
UPDATE #2: I emailed the New Yorker to inquire about the video of Gabriel reading the letter, which is still not available on their website. Let’s see what happens.
UPDATE #3 (Mar 12, 2009): Alas and alack, there will be NO video of Gabriel reading the letter. Here is the word from The New Yorker:
Dear Ms. Kuru,
We apologize, but it turns out that in the end we could not post the Gabriel Byrne reading online. Sorry to disappoint you.
The New Yorker
Sigh. I’m going off to cry in the corner now.