1. Due to a mistake that is too complex and inane to discuss in-depth, tonight's reading at Jack Straw Productions (4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle) didn't make it into the online readings calendar. I apologize to the good people of Jack Straw. Tonight's event begins at 7 pm, the suggested donation is five dollars, and the readers include Jack Straw writers Jeannine Hall Gailey, Josephine Ensign, Emily Perez, and Jay McAleer.
2. On Sunday afternoon at Town Hall, local actors Paul Morgan Stetler and Stranger Genius Marya Sea Kaminski will read some of Willa Cather's letters aloud. This sounds like a great idea. Then, on Sunday evening at Town Hall, Joshua E. S. Phillips, who wrote a book called None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture, appears in discussion with Ian Fishback, the soldier who sent a letter to John McCain in 2005 that launched the public discussion about torture. The two of them will talk about how torture became normal, discuss the reasons that torture happens, and try to understand what torture does to us all.