Word Portland: Come for a Pint, Stay for the Words

Literary readings can be sad affairs.  At their worst, they're either quiet and bleached, the audience members every so often making an "Mmmm" sound at appropriate times when an image or phrase brings a slight tremor to their soul.  Or, they too often exist at the other end of the literary reading spectrum where audience … Continue reading Word Portland: Come for a Pint, Stay for the Words

Steve Almond and the Art of Reading Literary Smut in Public

Here's how you get away with reading sex scenes in public: make the experience really human.  That's what I learned from attending Steve Almond's reading at Space Gallery in Portland last Saturday (1.26.13).  Being raised in the Catholic tradition, where sex is often had but seldom talked about, I still squirm when hearing someone openly … Continue reading Steve Almond and the Art of Reading Literary Smut in Public