Irvine Welsh giving us the grimy at the PEN Speakeasy: Sex; Erotic Reading last night. That’s Edmund White, Honor Moore, and Yael Hedaya behind him—waiting to crack their books, legs, and lips open. The red-lit reading started around midnight with a purity pledge led by Katie Halper and came full-circle with a rim job story a la Sir White.

I shared a crowded elevator with Salman Rushdie and his entourage on the way out. Together we fell flights down, down, down from the Boom Boom Room.