Mr. Diamond followed the bartender through a curtain to the bar area, called him “a real piece of shit” and then engaged in a scuffle. Apparently Mr. Diamond received a headbutt that broke his glasses. The fight continued—briefly pausing Mr. Robbins’ reading of a poem called “My New Asshole,” which he had loudly dedicated to the bartender—until various parties exhorted both men to consider their life, choices, etc. The bartender vanished. The party broke up. Afterward, out on Clinton Street, Mr. Robbins could be heard asking at high volume whether anyone wanted to buy his book.
Miles Klee (and Jami Attenberg!) were at a reading-turned-fist fight last night and lived to tell the tale.