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MAY 4

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In his latest, The Information, writer and critic Martin Amis mounts an insider’s attack on the world of writers and critics. Savagely incisive and painfully funny, Amis’ novel boasts the glorious premise of a literary critic and failed writer who’s driven to madness by the mediocrity of his wildly successful best friend. Indeed, Information‘s “exhaustingly ever-hostile” Richard Tull is not unlike John Dixon, the eternally thwarted and ingeniously spiteful protagonist of Amis père‘s Lucky Jim. Readers who are even peripherally involved in the business of writing will laugh themselves asthmatic…or slit their wrists. At 7 p.m. at Olsson’s, 1200 F St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-3686. (Nicole Arthur)