Two great tastes that taste great together — that's not just the concept behind Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but also the premise of Hammer Conversations, an ongoing series at the Hammer Museum pairing great minds who may or may not think alike to pontificate on the arts, the world and life as we know it. This time around, L.A. Weekly's Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold takes the stage with “Brat Pack” novelist Bret Easton Ellis, known for authoring the controversial American Psycho. Ellis' literary debut, 1985's Less Than Zero, took the MTV generation into the darkest avenues of sensationalized debauchery, while Gold's restaurant reviews have, since the '80s, taken more than a few serendipitous turns into the sordid back alleys of urban cuisine. Expect debate on the finer points of Taiwanese blood cakes.

Tue., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., 2010

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