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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

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Telling Childhood

Tonight I went to the final reading of the Hugo House's Telling Childhood series. The reading featured local literary phenoms Ryan Boudinot, Charles D'Ambrosio and Stacey Levine as well as the always excellent David Rakoff.

Highlights of the night for me were Boudinot's "Why I Like Rock", a tale of Billy Joel, pervert music teachers and studded codpieces, and Rakoff's "Shrimp". Both authors kept the crowd thoroughly entertained with works that were interesting and heartfelt while also being down right hilarious. As best I can tell, both pieces were composed for the series and are unfortunately currently unpublished.


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