For those who have worried that the sub-mental and the hyperliterate can never be reconciled, your deliverance this week comes as Stephin Merritt discusses and signs 101 Two-Letter Words/. The book is the Magnetic Fields' singer's new collaboration with New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast — basically, it's her hip granny doodles of stunned and confused people complementing Merritt's four-line rhymes for each of the 101 two-letter words included in The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Caught squarely between the Scylla and Charybdis of “That's it?” and “That's IT!”, this is basically one big swan dive into the perfumed depths of whimsy, with 10-cent words such as at, be, go, hi, no and up jockeying for position with 10-dollar ones like aa, ka, qi and xu. Lo! Do! Go! Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Mon., Oct. 6, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 659-3110,

Mon., Oct. 6, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/06/14)

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