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"You guys," Michelle Tea announces into the microphone, "I wrote a book that has amulets in it. Can you handle that?"
The crowd at The Secret Alley, a magical, sinuous forest hidden inside a nondescript building on Capp Street, would happily "handle" anything Tea offered. Three flights up, we sprawled underneath trees, casting the occasional envious glance up at the amorous couple who'd scored the tree house. Our bellies swelled with perogies from the Old World Food Truck, chocolate from Dandelion, and Drambuie cocktails.More »