Funny Writers

While 826 L.A.'s associated Time Travel Marts won't hurtle you back in time to save Margaret Cho from being bullied, they're really good at wonderfully warping the written word -- and today's celebration of the release of The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency is replete with food, drink and books for sale. It's also an excuse for like-minded McSweeney's maniacs to get together to confer and hobnob with their fellow literates. Readers unveiling passages from the new book include Parks & Recreation writer Megan Amram, globe-trotting journalist and Groundlings offspring Kate Hahn, wide-eyed comic Ellie Kemper, letterpress fiend Alyssa Lang, Bob's Burgers gag writer Wendy Molyneux, and cake-loving chortle scribbler Sarah Walker. And if any of it seems like even the vaguest waste of time, come on! Just look at where you are. Don't be a brick. Mar Vista Time Travel Mart, 12515 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista; Sun., Dec. 8, 6 p.m.; free with pre-order of the book ($20), otherwise $10. (310) 915-0200,
Sun., Dec. 8, 6 p.m., 2013

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