Permit me to inform you all about two events this weekend that I feel are worthy of note. Both are readings. Both are in Los Angeles. Some readers are in New York and Ottowa and Santiago and other places in between. Too bad for you! Because that means missing these incredible extravaganzas. For those in Los Angeles, please note and perhaps join me on:
Friday, October 8, 2004 @ Skylight Books. 6 PM. 1818 Vermont Ave.
STEPHEN ELLIOTT and I will host an ad-hoc debate watching party and literary reading at Skylight books. Stephen just wrote a book, Looking Forward To It, that is a sort of travelogue of the campaign trail, much of which we covered together. It was during this time that we discovered the meaning of politics (there is none) and developed the theory of bromance.
For the political junkies among you who seek community in these tough times, there will be a television tuned in to the second round of Kerry vs. Bush: The Quickening on the very premises of Skylight Books. And if all goes well, there will also be some food and beer. “Cheap beer,” Steve said. “Like in cans.” But still: free beer. Debate starts at 6pm, with reading from our political travails to follow thereafter.
Sunday, October 10th, 5pm.
New American Writing series at the Armand Hammer Museum. 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Benjamin Weissman was nice enough to invite me to read in his fall lineup. I will share the stage with David Ulin, a fellow Weekly contributor and esteemed writer in many other publications.
I shall read from the newest McSweeney's in which there is a daring investigation, undertaken by me, into the lives and loves of the Great Gerbil (Rhombomys Opimus) of central Asia, which includes much astounding information, such as: rodent drumming; the chaotic dynamics of animal populations; how many koala bears are too many koala bears?; epidemiology of the Black Plague; and how quietly gerbils make poops.