Battery Park City Branch Library

The New York Public Library
175 North End Ave.
NY, NY 10282

Are You Experienced?


Actually, the question we want to know is: Where will you be tomorrow night at 6pm? We think you should be at the Library where New York Times art critic Ken Johnson, author of Are You Experienced?: How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art, will discuss the book’s thought-provoking look at art through the lens of psychedelic experience and culture with artists Deborah Kass (of the image above) and Chris Martin. 

Intrigued? See you tomorrow night!

162 sticky notes in Slumdog Millionaire

copious note taking left in a copy of Slumdog Millionaire.

The Unluckiest of Days and Years

Paraskavedekatriaphobia: The fear of Friday the 13th.

A few years ago I got an interesting reference question: what is the most Friday the 13ths there could be in one year?

The answer is three.

Any month that begins on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th.  There is at least one every year, sometimes two (as in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007), and sometimes three (2009 had one in February, March, and November).

2012 and 2015 will also have three. 

According to the Myan calander 2012 will be a very unlucky year so maybe we won’t have to worry about 2015.

More 13s:

Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut album was released in the UK on Friday, February 13, 1970.

The Andes Plane Crash occurred on Friday, October 13, 1972.

In a traditional hangman’s noose there are 13 twists of the rope and 13 steps to the gallows.

Many buildings don’t count their 13th floor.

Charles Manson, Saddam Hussein, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Theodore Bundy, and Jack The Ripper each have 13 letters in their names.

Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas on Friday, September 13, 1996.

Al Capone was sentenced to prison on a Friday the 13th.

Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, died on Friday, June 13, 1986.

13 people attended the Last Supper.

Apollo 13 was launched at 13:13 CST.

Happy Friday the 13th!