Yo Sushis. Last night Marie Phillips and I hosted a Book Swap at the excellent LRB book shop. I only mention it because one of the questions out of the jar was, 'What would be your hip hop name?' and Nikesh Shukla said there should be some algorithm for working this out automatically, preferably one that wasn't nakedly trying to get information to use in identity theft. He went for 'Style of Carving' (where he got this from I do not know, but I am still impressed) + 'Favourite Board Game'.
This looked like a decent strategy when Marie said this would make her MC Sloppy Monopoly, and not terrible when William Feinnes added it would make him MC Diligent Cluedo. It would, however, make me MC Neat Settlers of Catan. Nikesh said he probably needed to work on the algorithm.
There's another book swap next week at the LSE Literary Festival. I'm not going to be there but I am going to be speaking at another LSE Festival event, as previously stated (I am so boring). It's with David Shields and Geoff Dyer, hosted by Claire Armitstead, and it's spinning off the former's book Reality Hunger. We'll be in the reality/fiction badlands, and I will be twisting this way and that, but blowing a historian's trumpet.
* Previously 'Cataan'. In spite of the fact I really like the game and should know better, I am obsessed with spelling it that way. (Some people don't edit old blog posts. I do.)