Tuesday, March 26, 2013
N@B Recap & Announcements
This is how it went... We cast lots for reading order and then I said, "Bullshit, this is my fucking event. Who ever invited you to read anywhere, except me? Who? To whom do you owe tribute on this most awesomest night of your lives? I will take your silence for your chicken-hearted ascent. I am reading first." And I did. Read first. Read an especially brutal passage from Fierce Bitches in fact. It were fun.
Then I called upon Frank Wheeler Jr. who responded by fictionally shooting a few folks at very close range. Wasn't even a passage from The Wowzer. But holy hell, did he make his point. He's not to be fucked with. I've begun listening to the audio edition of The Wowzer, btw. Nice way to revisit one of my favorite books of 2012 and I'd recommend you do the same if you get the chance. Good narration by Eric G. Dove. (And to hear Frank read his own material, check out his story Slick Texas Money on the CrimeWav podcast.)
Clayton Lindemuth didn't flinch, though. Stood the fuck up and read chapter 33 of Cold, Quiet Country. Fucking rocked. Fucking patricide. Fucking beautiful. If you've read CQC, you know the insistent rhythm that builds around the mantra 'Fuck him' during the larger-scale scenes of violence and mayhem. If you haven't, well take my word for it, it's a great fucking mantra and a snappy cadence-keeper. Try it on for size next time you're in a shoot out. And for gosh sake buy a copy of his book (Subterranean Books still has a few signed copies!)
When you want to end an evening on a memorable note, friends, here's my advice: find yourself a Matthew McBride or a David James Keaton if you haven't got a Josh Woods to do the job. Good thing I had a Woods on hand - he closed the evening by righteously smiting just south of a hundred thousand combatants in his VS. Anthology contribution, Jesus VS. Thor, and 'The Lamb came a-tromping' was probably the evening's most quotable line.
Good to see friends and past participants like Sonia L. Coney, David Cirillo, Matt Kindt and Brian Hurtt too. Great night, and I was very excited to announce...
Aaaaand that's not all: