The setup for Ben Lerner’s debut novel, 2011’s Leaving the Atocha Station, and the acclaim that followed it might persuade you that the publishing industry remains stubbornly dysfunctional. Its hero, Adam, is a bright young poet from the Midwest on a fellowship in Madrid, and the plot focuses on little more than him pondering his lassitude. Yet this is not an extended plea for attention and pity wrapped in novelistic gauze. This is a novel about thinking about how you think about what you’re thinking. Narcissism has rarely seemed so open and engaged with the world. Read more >>> Ben Lerner reads at 8 p.m. at Georgetown University’s Copley Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. (202) 687-0100. guevents.georgetown.edu. (Mark Athitakis)
Northern Virginia’s Lost Rhino Brewing Company is coming to Virtue Feed & Grain in Alexandria for a five-course pairing dinner. The meal kicks off with a “hoptail” (beer cocktail) and crudo of fluke with satsuma orange emulsion. Other pairings include grilled squid with New River Pale Ale and chicory braised beef short rib with Lost Rhino Woody Stout. Tickets are $75. Call (571) 970-3669 to reserve a spot. Virtue Feed & Grain, 106 S. Union St., Alexandria, Va.; (571) 970-3669; virtuefeedandgrain.com. (May Wildman)
OH AND ALSO
Singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich doesn’t mind being compared to Bob Dylan and Elliot Smith. Check out his show at the Black Cat to see if he lives up to his rep. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1115 14th St. NW. $12.
The Archives and Ras Attitude perform at the Brixton’s weekly One Love Jam Down. More details on Facebook. 9 p.m. at the Brixton, 901 U St. NW. Free.
Rock & Roll Hotel presents an evening of hip-hop: French Montana is the big draw; DJ Mathias, Cheyne, and Chinx Drugs also perform. 7 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $22.
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