The Cato Institute is doing a David Boaz-moderated book forum at noon this Thursday, the 21st, on Robert Heinlein, the libertarian who wrote, among other things, the overtly anarcho-capitalist novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. There is such a thing as a free book luncheon (I had to say that, obviously). As a good utilitarian, I actually find myself wishing L.A.-dwelling Brian Doherty could be there more than that I could be there.
I will be in NYC and will miss the event, though I was in DC the week before last to appear on that panel for Proud to Be Right that can (and should) be viewed here, and I'll be in DC again this coming Saturday for a gathering of my fellow Phillips Foundation Fellows.
It's not as though nothing happens in NYC, though: Tonight, you can join me at the monthly Manhattans Project social gathering of politics and media people I organize (third Monday of each month, 7-10pm, Langan's at 47th just east of 7th), and though I'm no longer organizing debates at Lolita Bar, you can catch a bigtime professional debate put on by Intelligence Squared U.S. on Tuesday the 26th about whether big government is stifling the American spirit, with both Arthur Laffer and Phil Gramm representing the good side. (Of course, that's forty bucks, whereas we'll let you into Langan's for free.)