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Jonathan Ames at 826LA

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New York writer-performer Jonathan Ames is gracing our fair city this week and while he's in town he's doing some good. His performance at 826LA tonight will benefit the fab literacy organization, and your part is just 10 bucks.

Ames' latest book is I love You More Than You Know, essays that are funny (college swordsmanship), scary (cockroach in the bathtub) and geniunely racy ("her ass was round and firm and white.") Some are even serious. But Ames does more than just read — he's got a flair for performance. He's been on David Letterman's show three times, twice carrying a spatula. We're not sure what to expect this evening, but events at 826 are pretty cozy and we're sure it will be an adventure.

The Oregonian says "Ames is more genuine, daring, and unabashed than other humorists...An edgier David Sedaris." Darn, that's good.