It was a highly complex project and difficult to execute–I wrote pithy listings for some 125 spots all over the world. I also provided the client with Google map locations and art work (I volunteered for that, a bit to my shame).
It damned near killed me (there were many, many sleepless nights while I worked on this project), but the results look great. And it’s a popular feature, too!
Park-Lit has a simple concept: writers read from their work, outside, in a public park. Today at 6:30 on the 21st, Guernica (in association with Park-Lit and Open City magazine) will be having a reading in Union Square Park. (On the south side, right in the thick of things, near the Washington statue). I’m not reading but acting as the MC for the event. The readers will be:
The readers: Joshua Kors (nonfiction)
Terese Svoboda (poetry)
Alexander Chee (fiction)
More about the readers and who they are (they’re fabulous, by the way) at the Park-Lit site.
Eventually, there will be slides and all sorts of stuff. Eventually. Right now, nothing’s too fancy around here. It’s like I’ve just moved into a large, messy house and the construction workers haven’t quite finished with the plumbing and painting.
Except I’m the guy doing the plumbing and the painting; I’m doing this thing myself.
It’s a fun thing to do: I’m learning WordPress more concretely (Guernica is on Movable Type, so I’d previously known that CMS better than this one)
I’ll be reading at the Freerange Nonfiction series this May 5th. I’ll be reading from something new: an essay about a particularly horrible event that happened to me when I was much younger: I interrupted a roommate who’d captured another, tied him down, and threatened to saw his head off with a chainsaw.
I dislike overly dramatic memoirs, so I’m going to try to make the piece about something larger: the nature of nonfiction in general. (But I’ll also try to give you the drama.)
So far, the favorite thing I’ve written about is the “sky farm”–a skyscraper that’s filled with crops, not people. They can grow enough in one of those things to feed 40,000 people. This one is a great gig.
I’ve been participating in a community blog, for the group, ASSME (American Society of Shit-Canned Media Elites). They’re at assme.org I’ve written several entries so far. The latest one I posted today.