Before cable news and social media, people visited barbershops to trade gossip, debate politics, and discuss events of the day. This tradition is alive and well at Virile, a cozy barbershop with a retro style and friendly, talented barbers. Simply put, Virile was the perfect place for a book event.
After my introductory spiel and reading, the crowd engaged in a lively discussion. We focused on art and literature in contemporary American culture. As a writer and speaker, I find hearing the audience’s thoughts to be the most enthralling and stimulating feature of any event.
Emmy Feyeux, senior barber at Virile, organized the evening and ensured that everyone had a great time. Kirk Howle, a friend and talented artist, designed the flyer for our event. Kirk presented Emmy with a framed print as a gift for all her hard work and hospitality.
At closing time, the audience mingled, sipped, and chatted. No one wanted the conversation to end. Proof of a great night. Jersey City (and everywhere in America) needs more places like Virile.