Fort Greene store:
Monday, July 17, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Tamara Shopsin presents Arbitrary Stupid Goal
In conversation with Jason Fulford
With visual presentation and reception
In Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara's universe is Shopsin's, her family's legendary greasy spoon, aka "The Store," run by her inimitable dad, Kenny--a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York's best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once. Filled with clever illustrations and witty, nostalgic photographs and graphics, and told in a sly, elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life, which is becoming a forgotten art. Shopsin presents her book in conversation with Jason Fulford, photographer and co-founder of J & L Books, and a screening of Shopsin's short home movie "Charlie Says Bagel" accompanies the discussion. A reception – of spiked and un-spiked egg creams– follows to celebrate the book’s launch!