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1. Shannon Van Sant, a filmmaker, Jordan Bass, the managing editor of McSweeney’s, & writer and McSweeney’s contributor Gideon Lewis-Kraus. 2. Stephen Elliott, sitting on Eric Martin’s lap.

Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir came out yesterday, and the entire literary world rejoiced! Another book came out yesterday, too: Donald, which is co-authored by Stephen Elliott and Eric Martin. Not coincidentally, it is about Donald Rumsfeld, and what would happen to him if he got lost in his own methods of imprisonment and torture. Break out the lube and vibrators — this sounds sexy.

1. Juliet Linderman, a writer and an editor at Vol. 1 Brooklyn, & Ted Pallas, who works in theater. 2. Sam, who is an editor at Tricycle, and Carl. They both enjoyed Wolff and his tuba.

Anyway, last night at Piano’s bar, there was a release party for Donald. Besides hearing selections of the book read aloud by Martin, there was also: a really cool guy called Wolff playing and singing into a tuba that was fed into some sort of sampler, humorist/cartoonist David Reese, who said “Julian Assange” a lot, and Alina Simone, who did a Britney Spears song in a style sorta like Alanis Morrisette’s.

1. My two Donalds: memoir + Donald. I am very proud of this pic because it wasn’t staged. 2. Abram of Book Court, selling hella Donalds. 3. Vito, who was buying hella Donalds. Like, HELLA. 10 copies! He said he doesn’t even agree with the political point of view that the book has, but he likes to support the arts. I need more friends like Vito.

1. Jaine, a creative director, singer/songwriter Alina Simone (who, by the way, managed to come out last night in the filthy, sub-zero weather and sing her fucking guts out, despite the fact that she is very pregnant!), & Dulci, who is the editor-at-large at Go Magazine. 2. Actress, writer, and student Jennifer Sky with “idiot.”

I just quit smoking and yesterday was a particularly rough day for me. Here is my interpretation of the evening, in chart form:

–Julia Jackson is working on her MFA in fiction at Brooklyn College, and is a regular contributor for Electric Dish.

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