Saturday, November 20, 2004

New York highlights

Number 1 was Eileen Myles's reading at the Biting the Error launch. I have to admit, I was aware of her only vaguely by reputation and expected her to be restrained and coolly urbane. Her reading, though, was striking for its barely contained energy, and it transformed the audience from intently interested listeners to full participants. They were no longer carefully seated observers at a launch of a collection of essays but a group of friends catching up with her anecdotes full of off-the-cuff wisdom in someone's East Village kitchen.

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