(Allen, Jenny) Jenny Allen is a writer and performer whose articles and essays have appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times, among other publications. Her award-winning solo show, I Got Sick Then I Got Better, has been seen in venues across the country and in Canada. In In Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas (Sarah Crichton Books), Allen reports from the potholes midway through life’s journey. One moment she’s flirting shamelessly―and unsuccessfully―with a younger man at a wedding; the next she’s stumbling upon X-rated images on her daughter’s computer. Allen’s wit and compassion give a fresh slant on the vicissitudes of day-to-day, and not so day-to-day, life. To read Would Everybody Please Stop? is to experience life with imaginative and incisive humor.