McNally Robinson; 7 p.m.; Interview; More info
What’s better than a thought experiment about the apocalypse as prophesied by an Aztec snake god (among others)? A thought experiment about the apocalypse as prophesied by an Aztec snake god in paperback! Tonight Pinchbeck will celebrate the new run of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl with a talk that’s sure to upend your notion of a musty book reading: Hear tales of “trips” he has embarked upon around the world, obscure questions about the end of said world, and quite possibly anything in between.
Kanye West wins
Graduation Agenda does not condone pop-music beefs, but when they’re as lame as the one 50 Cent and Kanye West have halfheartedly engaged in leading up to today, the release date of their new albums, we can only stoke the pathetic flames. Like we said back when it leaked, 50’s “I Get Money” is a truly great song — better than West’s singles so far. But we still think that, overall, 50 sucks. And per Vulture, the Curtis-shaming Graduation “has better songs waiting in the wings. Bonus: No Jamie Foxx!” Kanye West
Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella
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Cabbie will not evoke Taxi Driver
Melissa Plaut Just in time for the hundredth anniversary of metered New York cabs, this cabbie turned blogger will read from Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do With My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab. The book’s not the self-indulgent, life-transformation memoir you might expect: Like her blog (recently updated after a shift on the eve of Hack’s publication), it’s a colorful guide to eking out a living in one of New York’s hardest professions. Barnes & Noble
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Molière comedy goes sick
The Misanthrope Belgian director Ivo van Hove has made a wonderfully warped career out of turning plays like A Streetcar Named Desire and Alice in Bed into highly theatrical events rooted in mental illness. For his latest descent into madness, a modernized and no doubt messed-up version of The Misanthrope, we’re counting on him to turn a diseased mind inside out. Why didn’t he tackle The Imaginary Invalid, Molière’s “sickest” comedy? Surely there’s a disturbing reason; find out in the previews. New York Theatre Workshop
Previews September 14–23; opens September 24
Give YouTube a rest
Cinema 16 Obama girl, Will Ferrell and his crass toddler: If you’ve recently obsessed over these short goofs, maybe you should step … slowly … away from the laptop. This European-label box set collects sixteen of the very best short films by modern masters. Cinéastes will dig the early shorts by Christopher Nolan, Jan Svankmajer, Mathieu Kassovitz, Lars Von Trier, and others—but Broadway fans will be blown away by Six Shooter, the incredibly sharp and funny (and Oscar-winning) film debut of playwright Martin McDonagh. Warp Films
On sale September 25
Mass production unmasked
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity We won’t give too much away if we tell you that in this terrific sequel, Slope kid Trixie starts pre-K, discovers that her beloved transitional object the Knuffle Bunny is not unique, and has her mildly beleaguered father (Slope dad Willems? Hmm) save the day. Read the book now and enjoy its photo-and-illo brownstone world. Then get it autographed by the author when he appears on September 15, at Books of Wonder, or September 16, at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Mo Willems
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