6

W E D N E S D A Y

Book reviews rarely tell you anything worth knowing about books. On the other hand, when done right they are wicked good fun, a forum for the intellectual Olympics, where rapier-tongued critics neatly spear their enemies and cultural gymnasts perform back-flips in defense of the latest academic fad. Wendy Lesser regularly publishes the best of these eloquent athletes in her Threepenny Review. She reads from Hiding in Plain Sight: Essays in Criticism and Autobiography, an anthology of the best such work by Christopher Hitchens, R.C. Scott, and Arthur Lubow, at 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495. (Patrick Symmes)