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Saturday Night in Venice

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Two social events occurred this past Saturday with overlapping constituencies: pretentious literary types at Equator Books celebrating the release of the second issue of lit-journal Swink, and emotionally needy journalist types at Mickey Kaus’s surprisingly tidy apartment. (I don’t know why, but I was expecting something more like a scene from the ‘before’ part of ‘Queer Eye For the Straight Guy’.)

This reporter, despite occasionally moonlighting as a pretentious literary type, chose to spend the evening at Kaus’s. I was going to blog about it, but Luke Ford beat me to it. Which is impressive, because he wasn’t even there. (Scroll down a bit for his recap.) It was exciting to finally see TV figures like Arianna Huffington and Josh Mankiewicz from the waist down.

The Elegant Variation has a run-down of the Swink party. (Thanks for the photo above, too.) In addition to TEV’s list of attendees, I hear Fiona Apple dropped by. Which comes dangerously close to a real Hollywood celebrity sighting at a party mostly attended by people who pretend they live in Cobble Hill.

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