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Annie Wang read from The People's Republic of Desire, which may soon be turned into a TV series in China, about why the Chinese are obsessed with Harvard. Joshua Davis read from his memoir The Underdog, now being adapted into a film starring Jon Heder from "Napoleon Dynamite,” about his experiences as a sumo wrestler and competing to withstand extreme heat in saunas. Mark Pritchard, famed blogger and erotica author, read from his forthcoming novel Make Nice about the life and times of Frank Sinatra. Christine Comaford-Lynch, former lingerie model, geisha, and venture capitalist, read from her forthcoming work How I Found My Face about how to hack your way to the top of the corporate world. Ryan Blitstein read from his forthcoming novel Walzer Vs. Himself about the misadventures of a musician in New York. And our guest MC, hilarious standup comic Ali Wong, scandalized us with her observations about female hygiene, Anglo-Vietnamese relations, and other hot topics.

I think fiction is about small ambition, small failed ambition.” — Ethan Canin.

... one's greatest successes are likely to be achieved in one's second dearest ambition.” — Barrows Mussey.