Wednesday, April 5, 2006

DEBATE AT LOLITA BAR: "Should the U.S. Fund Abortions and Contraception Overseas?"

Diane Rubino (of the Population Council) and John Zmirak (of the American Conservative magazine) debate the question “Should the U.S. Subsidize Abortions and Contraception Overseas?” (with Michel “The Brain” Evanchik moderating and Todd Seavey hosting) at the next Jinx Athenaeum, Wednesday, April 5 at 8pm, downstairs at Lolita bar (free admission, cash bar) on the northeast corner of Broome and Allen on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, one block south and three west of the Delancey St. subway stop. (Volunteers to debate specific future topics, especially if you have a willing, serious opponent, are welcome.) A function of

In the meantime, it’s movie week:

I briefly sketch the sketchy history of my fellow anarchists in this morning’s (Fri. 3/17) Wall Street Journal, on the occasion of V for Vendetta’s release (not to mention St. Patrick’s Day — beware, London), and you can also read it online here [Update: in the editing process, my genuine sympathy for anarchism may have been downplayed somewhat -- I think conservatives and anarchists can learn a lot from each other]:

At the real job, see the reactions of me and my fellow American Council on Science and Health staffers to Thank You for Smoking, released today. Our comments will be up by noon, here:

You can read my comparison of the archaeological secrets in the book The Buried Soul to four current movies about sexy vampires here:

Speaking of my fellow anarchists, or perhaps sexy vampires, learn more about Michael Malice by reading his biography, Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story, in early April; meet him and his biographer, famed comic book writer Harvey Pekar, at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan on April 11 at 7pm; and read this effective interview summary of him on the Random House website:

In other art news, you can see fiction writer (and libertarian) Katherine Taylor read, along with Elizabeth Koch (co-host of the Sweet Fancy Moses reading competition) and others, on March 23 at 7:30pm at Happy Ending, 302 Broome St. at Forsyth:

Some of these things happen in the future but not the distant future, so please, please mark your calendars now (especially for the Apr. 5 abortion debate!). And if you’re a conservative in media who’d like to be on the invite list for an unrelated monthly gathering at Slainte bar and aren’t already, let me know.

(NOTE: The above was sent as a mass e-mail in the days prior to the debate and was posted on this blog retroactively in April 2007. Click here for other Debates at Lolita Bar.)