13 Nov 2006
The Lyricist's Voice with Stephin Merritt 
from houseoftomorrow.com:

A Special Event at New York's 92nd Street Y
Stephin Merritt with Rick Moody

Quoted from 92y.org:

Touted as a "contrarian pop genius" by The New York Times, Stephin Merritt has recorded seven albums with his band, The Magnetic Fields, including '69 Love Songs'. Recently, Mr. Merritt turned to theater, collaborating with director Chen Zhi-Zheng at the 2003 and 2005 Lincoln Center Festivals. He is joined in conversation with novelist (and part-time musician) Rick Moody. Mr. Moody's novels include 'The Ice Storm' and 'The Diviners'.

Note: As part of its Young Literary Salon series, the 92nd Street Y is offering a limited number of tickets for sale at 10.00 USD to visitors 35 years old or younger. Visit the event page above for more details.

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