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Lauren Mechling, How Could She
July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
With an insider’s knowledge and a satirical bite, Mechling portrays hustling media types that haunt the city’s gallery openings, wine bars, dog runs, and magazine offices as they contend with the collapse of print media, the rise of podcasting, and the effects of #MeToo in creative workplaces. In HOW COULD SHE, the clothes, conversational references, and restaurant reservations of Mechling’s characters act as talismans of artistic authenticity, financial success, and political allegiance. Mechling subtly exposes how we pull rank and flash labels in order to declare who we are and what we’ve accomplished, but also face the judgment of our social circles and, more acutely, ourselves, when reality falls short of aspiration.
Mechling is writing about a specific stratum of New York in HOW COULD SHE, but her approach, which Elif Batuman calls “as wise and unforgiving as a nineteenth-century French novel,” reveals the universal nature of her characters’ misgivings. Hilarious and fiercely observed, HOW COULD SHE shares how women are essential to one another in life and in love.