THURSDAY

Right-wing smartass and Rolling Stone contributor P.J. O’Rourke holds forth on the idiocy of cell phones, the Internet, and the United Nations Millennial Summit every chance he gets. And this month, he does it within the pages of his latest book, The CEO of the Sofa (the title’s a nod to Oliver Wendell Holmes’ The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table), which includes a recounting of a wine-tasting session with Christopher Buckley that put both of them under the table. O’Rourke’s obsession with skewering Hillary Clinton—particularly the many pages and countless lame jabs he throws at her 1996 book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us—borders on lunacy. In fact, it’s starting to border on something resembling a high school crush. He’s much better on such subjects as the war in Kosovo, the self-absorption of children, and petting zoos. Though you may very much want to do so, it’s hard to dismiss a guy who points out that “anthropology is just travel writing about places that don’t have room service.” Anyway, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.” O’Rourke reads at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 662-7129. (Robin Dougherty)