05 September 2012

Oh Happy Week

So many crazy amazing wonderful things are happening this week in art/culture/literature/my life/etc. that I can hardly contain myself. Here's a roundup of everything fantastic happening, and why you should care about it.

Jens Lekman's much anticipated LP I Know What Love Isn't dropped. If you don't know me, then you don't know that I love Jens with my whole self. I remember the first time I heard him/saw him at Pitchfork in what must have been 2006, and holy hell, A Postcard to Nina changed the way I listened to music. It also changed the way I thought about love, falling in love, friendship, and everything that ever mattered to me at the tender age of 18.

I have had the pleasure of seeing Jens (yes we are on a first name basis, deal with it) in concert several times, and each time is filled with joy, laughter, singing, dancing, call-and-response, and confetti. I am not even kidding. He'll be performing at my favorite Chicago venue, Lincoln Hall in October. If you like him, no if you love him, I strongly suggest you buy your ticket NOW.

Emma Straub's much anticipated novel, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures hits book stores and bookshelves nation-wide! Having read (twice) and loved Other People We Married in 2011, you can imagine how patient I had to be in order to read another full-length work by one of my favorite authors. No worries, I managed to keep myself busy while waiting. I follow her fantastic tumblr and twitter, was stoked to see her as a contributor to Rookie Mag, AND I even had the pleasure of meeting her and having my book signed at the Magnetic Fields show in March.  And if you want a book signed by the lovely Emma, you are in luck! Flock to 57th Street Books on September 20, where she will be giving a reading and - you guessed it - signing books! All Rookie crowns are welcome!

Davey Rothbart has done it again. The creator and "found"er of Found Magazine (now in it's 8th issue!) has released a book, My Heart Is An Idiot - a collection of essays. I cannot wait to dig in. Rothbart is a funny strange man, and a sometimes contributor to This American Life. I saw him present at the Music Box last fall, and had to stop myself from peeing multiple times as a wiped tears of joy and laughter from my face. I have every expectation that this book will have me squealing with delight!

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A show of Chris Ware's illustrations will be opening at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago! I'm not going to lie, this is THE show I am most excited for of the major openings this weekend. And what's better is that the exhibition is in conjunction with a release of Ware's latest book, Building Stories - to be released on October 2.

You might recognize Ware from various covers of the New Yorker, illustrations in the New York Times, or even some of the animation that he did in conjunction with This American Life - but his work on it's own is tantalizing, fantastic, architectural, both funny and sad all at once. It's fitting that an artist who's "background" or architectural spaces seem to be more important than the characters themselves should author a book devoted to architecture and buildings.

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