TONIGHT at Housing Works Bookstore at 7pm: Cut footloose in celebration of Kevin Brockmeier’s memoir of the seventh grade, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, and join Kevin Brockmeier, Jen Doll, Anna Holmes, Saeed Jones, Katie Heaney, Chiara Atik, Michelle Wolf, Daniel Ralston and more for music, dancing, and readings about their own awkward middle school experiences. Presented by Buzzfeed Books and Community Bookstore. Hosted by Isaac Fitzgerald.
Tonight! Complete with awkward middle school portraits of our readers.
“As much as I wring my hands about writing, I also can’t deny the small satisfactions it offers me. Be it a turn of phrase, an image, a moment between characters — these are tiny but distinct pleasures that I can revisit anytime I flip through my work. It’s miraculous that these little darlings didn’t get killed in the rewriting process. My work never lives up to the dream I have of it in my head and that’s the way it should be; Martha Graham calls this “a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” It’s the tension between this “queer divine dissatisfaction” and the fulfillment of writing something that pleases me, however minor, that makes me want to write at all. The flaws of my novel, California, are in conversation with its strengths.”—Edan Lepucki, “Hug Your Darlings, Give the Moon the Finger: Writers On Delight”
Ask Roulette is the conversation series in which strangers ask each other questions live on stage. Live shows every other month in New York City and podcasts every other Tuesday. There are also special guests, like Lizzie O’Leary of Marketplace.