"I should get a tax break," laughed Jay McInerney last night onstage at the bar of the McKittrick Hotel, after Interview's own editor at large, Christopher Bollen, confessed that McInerney's fiction had been a driving force in Bollen's decision to move to New York City. (It was, apparently, not the first time McInerney had received this compliment.)
Bollen and McInerney had come together for a short conversation to precede the worldwide debut of McInerney's new short story, "Solace," at the McKittrick; it was presented by Booktrack, a digital reading platform that provides soundtracks to books and stories, synchronized with the reader's speed. Piper Perabo took on the enviable task of bringing McInerney's story, concerning a young Manhattan woman's sex life in the hours and days immediately following 9/11. Other treats, including a live performance by musician Marc Scibilia and an immersive theater experience designed by Sleep No More's Sophie Hunter and set in the world of the story, followed. On hand to take in the festivities—and the Beau Joie champagne—was an intimate crowd that included Brooke Shields, Candace Bushnell, Courtney Love, Alex Karpovsky, and Will Cotton.
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