As we celebrate St. Mark's Books and strive to save it from vanishing, let's not forget, in addition to the books, the value of its vestibule.
It's a "curated" collection of flyers, carefully selected for a particular audience, for people that are vanishing, too.
Where else would we discover simultaneously a seminar on Lacan and a concert by the Isle of Klezbos? It's "Psychoanalysis and Sexuation" one day, a klezmer brunch the next. (There's also a flyer for the talk "Psychoanalysis and Our Time" where you can find out "How might analysis act as a refuge against consumerism for both the individual and culture?")
There are no ads here for Two Broke Girls (on every to-go coffee cup, brought to you by the producers of Sex & the City). Instead you'll find notices for a tribute to squat pioneer Michael Shenker, a Banned Book Party at Housing Works, a Public Books roundtable with author Amy Waldman, the ongoing Occupation of Wall Street, the New York Gypsy Festival, a memorial reading for "Carma Bum" Scott Wannberg at the Bowery Poetry Club, and something called DEFY for "Skaters, punks, skins, goths, and metal heads" to "train your mind to achieve the impossible."
It's nothing less than a microcosm of the old East Village ("old" meaning prior to 2000-ish). And if you need to remind yourself about what's still good about living here, in the neighborhood and in the city, just step into St. Mark's vestibule. There's plenty there to keep you sane.
An Open Letter to Cooper Union
Buy A Book Weekend at St. Mark's
Xmas in September
And sign that petition