Guests of the ebook subscription service Oyster at a cocktail party held at The Explorers Club in New York City (photo by Kate Welsh).Even as guests began arriving last night at the stone mansion on East 70th Street where The Explorers Club makes its New York City headquarters for a party hosted by ebook subscription service Oyster, it wasn’t quite clear what they were they were there to celebrate.Osyter did recently completed a $14 million round of fundraising, but that didn’t seem to be the reason for the party; timing wasn’t right.Some milled around the open bar on the second floor where a jazz band was playing, puzzling over handsomely illustrated guides to the Club’s remarkable collection—which boasts a taxidermy polar bear standing on its hind legs, an Emperor penguin doing the same (rather less impressively) and equipment from landmark expeditions to the Poles (North and South), Everest and the moon.Oyster’s guide to The Explorers Club (photo by Jason Polan).“Have you figured it out yet?” Benjamin Samuel, coeditor of Electric Literature, leaned over to ask, referring to the party’s heretofore unknown occasion, as I unfolded the guide. I hadn’t. Part of me was hoping to set off on a scavenger hunt. …read more

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