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The only true philosophers today are the old cats on street corners, passing out advice that’s equal parts profundity and bullshit and almost always unsolicited. Writer Walter Mosley’s latest, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, captures that streetlamp essence with its protagonist Socrates Fortlaw, and his name says it all. Fans of Mosley’s Easy Rawlins series won’t be disappointed by this new collection of connected short stories, still set in Los Angeles, but in more recent times. Fortlaw, an ex-con living out his tarnished golden years in a tiny apartment, finds himself drawn into the troubled lives of those around him. Mosley samples the Socratic method at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. For reservations call (202) 429-9272. (Holly Bass)