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Sunday

Debbie Stoller, er, make that Yale-educated Debbie Stoller, Ph.D., calls herself a proponent of Girl Culture, “that shared set of female experiences that includes Barbies and blowjobs, sexism and shoplifting, Vogue and vaginas.” Her interests are manifest in such ventures as Bust, the magazine she co-founded, and her Stitch ’n Bitch craft books. The latest volume, Stitch ’n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker, abandons her familiar milieu of knitting to explore the dark art of crochet. Gone is the second needle where cast-on loops wait passively like alkies shackled to the drunk-tank wall on a Saturday night. Crochet is an anarchic world of “vees” and “butts,” Stoller tells us, where patterns include instructions like “starting at crotch, with A, ch 20.” I don’t know what it means, but it sounds dirty, so I’ll be front and center when Stoller reads at 1 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Janet Hopf)