I’ve also been to some shows. Whereas the bands aren’t always good, I’d rarely categorize them as “boring.”
I’ve also been to some art openings. Sure, there are usually obnoxiously pretentious people there, but again, not “boring.”
So what makes going to readings boring? The way I see it, almost anything can make a reading be a complete failure: you could be a bad reader (read too fast, too slow, too soft, too loud, etc.); you could be reading a bad reading piece (because let’s be honest: not everything written sounds good out loud); the room could be unamenable (too loud, too quiet, too bright, etc. etc.); the list could go on.
But what makes a good reading? What makes a reading NOT boring?
I’ve got some readings coming up over the next few months, and I’d prefer not to be a boring reader.
Also, when you go to readings, what is it that you want to hear? Would you rather hear something published, something forthcoming, or something brand spanking new?