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Talk of The Town

Seven ways to join the cultural conversation this week.

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Jeff Bridges, Hari Kunzru, and Nas.   

Lewis Black and Judy Gold
92nd Street Y; 1/7 at 8 p.m.; 1395 Lexington Ave., nr. 92nd St.; 212-415-5500
Comic and playwright Black, whose latest show is Running on Empty, talks with actress Gold about what makes him tick.

Ayana Mathis
Greenlight Bookstore; 1/7 at 7:30 p.m.; 686 Fulton St., at S. Portland St.; 718-246-0200
The Brooklyn author reads from her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

Jeff Bridges, Bernie Glassman, and James Shaheen
Barnes & Noble; 1/8 at 7 p.m.; 33 E. 17th St., at Broadway; 212-253-0810
Shaheen, publisher of the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, talks with Bridges and Glassman about The Dude and the Zen Master, which offers up life lessons and Buddhist wisdom drawn from conversations between the actor and his Zen teacher. Many conversations in the book address Bridges’s role in The Big Lebowski, the accidental guru known as the Dude.

Nas and Anthony DeCurtis
92nd Street Y; 1/8 at 8 p.m.; 1395 Lexington Ave., nr. 92nd St.; 212-415-5500
The influential rapper talks with music critic DeCurtis about his childhood in Queens and his music, including what inspired the album he put out last summer, Life Is Good.

Ben Schrank and Sarah Crichton
McNally Jackson; 1/8 at 7 p.m.; 52 Prince St., nr. Mulberry St.; 212-274-1160
Schrank speaks with his editor, Crichton, about his new book, Love Is a Canoe, a satirical novel that follows a troubled young couple who spend a weekend with a self-help author.

Ron Currie Jr. and Ben Gibbard
Strand Bookstore; 1/9 at 7 p.m.; 828 Broadway, at 12th St.; 212-473-1452
Fiction writer Currie and Death Cab for Cutie singer Gibbard converse about writing and music. Currie also previews his forthcoming novel, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, and Gibbard performs acoustic songs.

Heidi Julavits and Hari Kunzru
Word; 1/9 at 7 p.m.; 126 Franklin St, at Milton St., Greenpoint; 718-383-0096
A joint reading and discussion from the two writers as they present their latest paperback releases—The Vanishers from Julavits and Gods Without Men from Kunzru.


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