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Hari Kunzru is a deft smartass: The London-based author’s latest, Transmission, is a slick and pointed work, light enough in its satire of the Internet and our global economy that the plot is almost believable, if not entirely probable. Indeed, the author’s storytelling skill almost entirely makes up for his miserable lack of imagination in the character-naming department. Meet Guy Swift, for instance, an entrepreneur whose moniker was apparently lifted straight from some fourth-grader’s Language Arts workbook. But I digress. Besides, in the multilayered, paranoid world Kunzru has constructed, a cheesy name is just one less thing to keep straight. Kunzru reads at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 638-7610. (Mike Kanin)