I don’t get the HTMLGIANT internal memos but I feel like Mike Young told me that people (you people?) don’t like when people (what people?) write about events, especially events in New York, so I won’t say anything about the launch of Nothing tonight at BookCourt at 7. Also I forget to read HTMLGIANT but it looks like no one’s said anything about how one can already get Nothing in the mail? Nothing is not a nail?
Anyway, if you are ANYWHERE near Gertrude Stein’s Oakland, you should be THERE THERE, at Book Zoo, where Amanda Nadelberg and Mark Leidner are reading TONIGHT at 7 pm.
The first time I saw Amanda Nadelberg read it was in a movie theatre and was one of the best readings I have ever seen / heard. The first time I heard Mark Leidner read he read with Shannon Burns of Lousville and it was one of the best readings I have ever heard / seen.
The second time I heard Amanda Nadelberg read was the first time I saw my brother perform a Comedy Act Not To Laugh At and again Amanda Nadelberg brought the house down. The second time I heard Mark Leidner, my brother did another Comedy Act Not To Laugh At and Mark Leidner did standup and everyone laughed.
My brother first performed his third Comedy Act Not To Laugh At opening for Mark Leidner (and Shannon Burns and Ben Hersey) at the launch for Leidner’s Beauty Was The Case That They Gave Me at Flying Object. Tonight he’s performing said Comedy Act in Louisville opening for Bonnie Prince Billy.
Point is, if you don’t go see Amanda Nadelberg & Mark Leidner tonight, you’re missing out. I’m missing out. So: if, in the comments, you leave the best scoop on any of today’s events, I’ll send you a copy of Shannon Burns’ Preserving the Old Way of Life (Factory Hollow Press) and Ben Hersey’s This Is What We’re Up Against (The Chuckwagon), a book beloved by Blake Butler, author of nothing. (What’s a scoop? Read Shannon Burns’ “What’s the Scoop?” after the jump.)
Amanda Nadelberg is the author of Isa the Truck Named Isadore (Slope Editions), Building Castles in Spain, Getting Married (The Song Cave), and, forthcoming from Coffee House Press this April, Bright Brave Phenomena.
Mark Leidner is the author of three chapbook cities, The Night of 1000 Murders (Factory Hollow Press), Willie (minutes BOOKS), Romantic Comedies (The Chuckwagon), and the book of aphorisms, The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover (Sator Press). His first book of poetry, Beauty Was The Case That They Gave Me is just out from Factory Hollow Press.
UPDATE (TUESDAY AREA)
“What’s the Scoop?” has been scooped up, as have Preserving the Old Way of Life and This Is What We’re Up Against…
Thanks to all those who sent the scoop via email for not following directions. Sounds like Sunday was the best night ever, all over.