Or, yes, tomorrow, as the case may be. Birmingham 2NDHANDers will remember Burian and Sneider from our November book fair at Greencup, or from their respective work in the mag, including Burian’s excellent “Zangara” story, featured in issue 19, about the 1930s assassin of former Chicago mayor Anton Cermak, and Sneider’s “Mole” story featured online. They’ll be appearing with punk poet Bucky Sinister; I read with him in San Francisco in 2006 on my book tour, and let’s just say the man delivers his work with a verve akin to the joy any young boy might feel running through a chandelier shop and breaking many things. Tortured, I know. Sorry.
Come out to Greencup (105 Richard Arrington South) tomorrow for the reading, which is followed by several quite excellent bands, including Japanther. Stay for them if at all possible. Please.
If you’re elsewhere, watch for the three coming up the east coast in the coming days. Al sent along this itinerary — check local listings for times:
**TUESDAY, March 24- Wayward Council, 807 W. University Ave, Gainesville, FL
**WEDNESDAY, March 25- Greencup Books, 105 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL (with JAPANTHER)
**THURSDAY, March 26-Downtown Books & News, 67 N. Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC
**FRIDAY, March 27- The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
**SATURDAY, March 28- Internationalist Books, Chapel Hill, NC
**MONDAY, March 30- Remedy, 5121 Butler St, Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville) PA
**TUESDAY, March 31- Wooden Shoe Books, 505 S. 5th St, Philadelphia PA
**WEDNESDAY, April 1- Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St, New York, NY
**FRIDAY, April 3- Providence, RI
**SATURDAY, April 4- Book Revue, Huntington NY
It ended with long discussion of the reasons folks tend to depart the scene of a reading when there’s a band upcoming, in this case the wonderful Balthrop, Alabama, a Brooklyn band featuring 12 (or more) members whose freak-folk leanings had at least one of the readers (indeed the only one remaining) marveling at the unlikely beauty of the goings-on at the local bookshop, which is to say nothing of the reading, a large success as well, driven into the night by newish THE2NDHAND contributor Alec Niedenthal (pictured, above), who delivered three shorts that rivaled the best stuff we’ve heard lately from the experimentalist crowd. The pseudonymous Atlanta writer ‘Peepshow Girl’, having had a root canal, offered her “Diary of a Phone Sex Operator” story to the Left Hand’s Erin ‘Soapy’ Jones (pictured, below), whose delivery was spot-on and polished, and longtime THE2NDHAND broadsheet contributor Nadria Tucker read a brand-new Dos Passos(think Manhattan Transfer)-esque piece following several characters around South Side Birmingham, Ala. . . Susannah Felts and I read a collaborative “Facebook Fiction,” a romance of errors told between two mistaken lovers’ status updates and back-and-forth wall posts.
In the end (and keep in mind this comes from an ape with long experience in attempting to combine live lit and music, to some [however exceedingly little] success), we figured there were four reasons folks leave readings before the band starts, no matter quite how good they (the folks or the band) are.
But perhaps the host of the reading (ahem…) wasn’t up-front enough in his insistence that the band was coming up next, couldn’t you stick around a while, please. In fact, that was probably the single biggest factor virtually no one stuck around, after No. 3 above.
To Balthrop, Alabama: we are sorry even we had to leave in the middle of your first song, for reasons Nos. 1 & 2 above, mostly. Please forgive us. Until next time.
ALEC NIEDENTHAL — The Birmingham native now moored in central Florida is back in town for the reading; his “Very Small Cures” graces our splash page — www.the2ndhand.com — this week.
MYSELF and SUSANNAH FELTS (my beloved wife and author of This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record: www.featherproof.com) will deliver the debut piece in a new collaborative romance genre of sorts, the “Facebook Fiction,” crafted as a series of status updates and wall posts between two budding nonstrangers.
and NADRIA TUCKER — perhaps our personal favorite among Birmingham writers, armed with what we do not know, but surely something quite fireworks-laden and seductive. See her contribution to broadsheet 29 at www.the2ndhand.com/print29/story1.html.
In short, be there:
THE2NDHAND No. 31 release party and reading:
Friday, March 20, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Greencup Books, 105 Richard Arrington Blvd. S, Birmingham, Ala., http://www.greencupbooks.org, FREE
More details here.