WALTER KIRN: BLOOD WILL OUT
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – 7:00pm
Walter Kirn discusses his new memoir, about his tumultuous friendship with the murderer and serial impostor known as “Clark Rockefeller.”
Notes from the Author:
In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper and brutal murderer
As Kirn uncovers the truth about his friend, a psychopath masquerading as a gentleman, he also confronts hard truths about himself. Why, as a writer of fiction, was he susceptible to the deception of a sinister fantasist whose crimes, Kirn learns, were based on books and movies? What are the psychological links between the artist and the con man? This investigation of the past climaxes in a tense jailhouse reunion with a man whom Kirn realizes he barely knew – a predatory, sophisticated genius whose life, in some respects, parallels his own and who may have intended to take another victim during his years as a fugitive from justice: Kirn himself.
Walter Kirn is the author of Thumbsucker and Up in the Air, both made into major films. His work has appeared in GQ, New York, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, where an excerpt of Blood Will Out first appeared.
Our friends at The Ivy Bookshop have put together a list of spring reads, with something for everyone, young and old. These finds are in stock now, along with a slew of new books that will keep you engrossed till the tulips pop up.
1. Dot by Randi Zuckerberg, illustrated by Joe Berger
Adorable story of a girl who knows a lot: she knows how to tap, swipe, and share on her electronic devices. Outside, she remembers how to do the same in the real world. Dot really does know a lot.
2. Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder
A magical story about a girl who goes back to 1937 Baltimore and becomes best friends with her own grandmother. With personal, community and world history woven throughout, this is a lovely read about looking beneath the surface, opening yourself up to new experiences, and realizing that we are all a part of history.
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The Corner Pantry is open! The cafe and take-out shop is owned and operated by Neill Howell, the former chef at Bond Street Social. He and his wife Emily will run the business, and they’ve spent months renovating the space. Read More →
Last week and the week before were really, really cold. Cold enough to freeze Lake Roland’s shallow waters to more than a 5” thickness: perfect conditions for ice skating! Which is just what some area residents did – groups of kids took to the ice with hockey sticks and rosy cheeks, and some adults put edge to ice, as well. It was a joy to behold. Good, clean fun on a freezing winter day when it was otherwise hard to appreciate the single-digit weather.
Sadly, the skaters were interrupted by admonitions from the police to get off the ice – someone had called 911. The reason? They were told that Baltimore County Recreation and Parks prohibits skating on its park waters.
The park rules are posted on signs at the main entrances:
Park Open Sunrise to Sunset
Alcoholic Beverages Prohibited without Written Permit
Park Permits Required for Groups
Dogs Must Be Leashed
Unauthorized Motor Vehicles and Horses Prohibited
Open Fires and Weapons Prohibited
Violators Will Be Prosecuted. Help Keep Your Park Clean.
(Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.)
On the sign, there is no prohibition nor permission to ice skate, but concerned citizens — including my neighbors and me — who gathered with the Baltimore County Director of Recreation and Parks this week were told that it is, in fact, a county policy. Read More →
Tonight’s Event has been rescheduled, due to weather. Rescheduled for next Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 28, 7 PM. Chang-rae Lee: On Such a Full Sea
Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, A Gesture Life, and Aloft. Selected by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers under forty, Lee teaches writing at Princeton University.On Such a Full Sea, which takes place in a futuristic Baltimore, covers issues of conformity, privacy, and individualism.
The Ivy will be raffling off one copy of a limited, numbered edition of Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea, with a specially designed cover and first-of-its-kind 3D printed slip case.
I heard a rumor this weekend that The Corner Pantry, the under-construction gourmet-to-go cafe in Lake Falls Village, was to open today. I called to get the skinny and learned from the co-owner, Emily Howell, that the eatery has not opened, but will do so before February 14.
Emily’s husband Neill Howell is the chef at The Corner Pantry, which will offer catering in addition to light food and a full to-go menu. He left Bond Street Social in Fells Point in the fall to open The Corner Pantry. Neill is from Colchester, England (the cafe will offer afternoon tea…a nod to his heritage, perhaps?) and has worked in the food industry in London, New York, Los Angeles and Baltimore. He was executive chef at Bond Street Social, but before that he served as executive chef at The Stanton Social in New York and Soho House New York, where the couple met. Read More →
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