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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Monday, October 02, 2006

Ryan Boudinot @ UBookstore

On Thursday we saw Ryan Boudinot read from his new book 'The Littlest Hitler' at the University Bookstore.

Ryan read a dark-comedy piece titled 'My Mother Was a Monster'. The story is in his new book, but was also previously published in Black Book (and available in The Revolution Will Not Be Accessorized). In addition to the excellent story, he also gave out home-grown tomatoes (which tasted mighty fine in the burritos we made tonight), mouth-guitared the solo from Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love", and noted the strikingly similarity of his recent mug shot in The Stranger to that of Kim Jong-il. Needless to say, good times were had by all.

You can read more about the reading in Seattlest's Review and on the UBookstore's new blog. Ryan will be reading again soon as part of the upcoming Telling Childhood benefit for the Hugo House. It's a great lineup that also includes local talents Stacey Levine and Charles D'Ambrosio, and the always hilarious David Rakoff.