Artist Anthony Ausgang shuffles off the mortal coital of "lowbrow" as he reads selections from his new graphic novella, The Sleep of Puss Titter: A Lysenkoist Life in the Random-Word Generation
($13.95, KeroseneBomb Publishing). Composed entirely of snippets from the text at the end of email spam designed to beat your junk mail filters it represents five years of slogging through daily jenkem come-ons and dick cream spam. The story: Puss Titter and Mr. Breakwind try to revive their flagging sex lives after years of marriage, consciously engaging with spammers in a desperate attempt to save their relationship. In assembling the collected nonsense in a manner that falls somewhere between TMI and ESP, Ausgang fulfills the central aim of the great artist: He finds the profound in the unassuming and unveils the beauty in the constitutionally stupid. Stories Books & Cafe, 1716 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Fri., Sept. 16, 8 p.m.; free. (213) 413-3733, storiesla.com.
Fri., Sept. 16, 8 p.m., 2011