Thursday, March 17, 2011

an aesthetic appreciation for bad taste

Wednesday's WORMS reading was a big success! The crew from What Weekly were on hand to take pictures and such, and they'll be writing it up soon - I'll link their article here when the time comes. I read "Harrison Ford Is Naked," which was a good foot to put forward. That piece benefits from being read aloud, and a couple of people in attendance thought it was real, which is not an uncommon response, believe it or not. I'm amused by that, but also very complimented. There's a real sense of community at WORMS, which I think is a dual product of the crowd and the setting (the Bell Foundry is an unlikely spot for literature, but a very welcoming one).

I also need to talk about Mike Topp's Sasquatch Stories, since I've read it a few times now and have some idea of what to say about it. Sasquatch Stories is basically a collection of miniature poems, one-liners, and jokes whose components are all dependent on one another. It's kind of like Harryette Mullen's Recyclopedia in that respect; the pieces in Topp's book all need the context of the entire collection to be fully understood.

That said, Sasquatch Stories is really funny, devoid of pretense, and alternately goofy and witty when the situation calls for it. It's fun in a way that literary work often avoids, but still showcases Topp as a guy who thinks all the time and applies that gift to his observations. I'm also a big fan of the cover illustration, supplied by Tao Lin. In the interests of full disclosure, I did the initial layout for this book (Topp and Adam Robinson took it from there), so I have a somewhat unique relationship to the work, but I liked it then and I like it now.

Right. Now to write some and then go to sleep.

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