In eighteenth-century London, the rich and famous were busy being rich and famous when scandal suddenly struck: Lord Petre snipped a lock of hair from the head of Lady Arabella Fermor -- without permission. The effrontery paralyzed the upper crust, but young and destitute Alexander Pope spun the breach of etiquette into his epic satirical poem of manners and mores, The Rape of the Lock, and thereby secured his wealth, as well as his place in English literature. Meanwhile, in the 21st century, Britney Spears flashes her vajayjay, and Perez Hilton gets a show on E! The worlds a funny old thing, isnt it? Sophie Gee captures the era when the genteel kept it real and Pope had the dope in her book The Scandal of the Season. Gee reads from and discusses Scandal -- and scandal -- at 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com). Admission is free.
Tue., Sept. 18