How would our literary maps have been altered if David Foster Wallace had gone bar hopping with Fyodor Dostoyevsky? What kind of “Pride and Prejudice” would Jane Austen have penned if her literary mentor had been William S. Burroughs? How would Nathaniel Hawthorne react to “Fifty Shades of Grey?” If you’ve asked yourself questions like these, chances are that you’re kind of weird. Chances also are, however, that you’re predisposed to being into “Dead Authors” this Saturday evening at the Brookline Booksmith.
Two days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Boston University students Taylor Mortell and Luca De Gaetano were seated in painting class, their first since BU had resumed classes. But nobody painted that morning. “We naturally formed a circle and were trying to talk about it,” Mortell says. “Everyone was very shaken up by what had happened. Out of this group discussion, Luca and I had expressed that we wanted to do something to help the community heal.”