Next Tuesday I am hosting the latest installation of the useless lecture series Adult Education at Union Hall in Park Slope.
Adult Education: Lies and Liars
702 Union St. @ 5th Ave.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Doors at 7:30
Adult Education is a frequent critic's pick in Time Out New York and this week is featured in the "Essentials" Issue. It was also recently touted by the culture blog Brooklyn Based and the Onion A/V Club called it "informative and thoroughly entertaining." I'm saying that the show is awesome.
This month's theme is Lies and Liars:
Confessions of a Literary Forger
Lee Israel, author of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, details her career in literary crime.
The Way We Lie
Is a white lie a gateway drug to larger lies? Writer Jill Stoddard investigates this and other fun facts about lying, including some she made up on her own.
On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Fraud
D.E. Rasso examines the duplicitous and desperate world of Internet impostors.
You Are Not Going to Be Famous
Jim Hanas debunks America's big lie.
All hosted by comedian Charles Star, who will probably talk about the life of billionaire patent fraudster Jerome Lemelson.
Lee Israel is the author of biographies of Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder, and Dorothy Kilgallen—the last of which was a New York Times bestseller. Her latest book, Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger was published in August by Simon & Schuster. It chronicles the twenty year chasm between her early successes and publication of the memoir, and details why and how she turned her talents for research and reporting to high crime and class A-felonies.
Jill Stoddard is a Brooklyn-based writer and web editor who has had a few funny things published in McSweeney's and by NPR. She is currently working on a story about two gingerbread cookies who fall in love and then eat each other. She has told many, many lies.
D.E. Rasso is a writer and editor whose work has appeared on blogs such as #1 Hit Song, Blottered, and Young Manhattanite. An essay is forthcoming in (what may or may not be called) The Book of Exes (Plume, 2009). Most recently, she argued about Jane's Addiction with author Charles Bock on a panel at the Downtown Omaha Litfest. When not working on her imaginary novel and collection of essays, she enjoys going online and pretending to be a cancer-riddled, transgendered fighter pilot.
Jim Hanas's writing has appeared in Radar, Slate, McSweeney's, One Story, Print, and other publications. Lately, he's been helping to curate and produce Adult Education. He's as disappointed as you are that fame will ultimately elude us all.
Charles Star is a lawyer sans portfolio and a stand-up comedian sans recognition who lives in Brooklyn with his excellent wife, his awesome cat, and a newborn baby genius.