We’re running our second Readers’ Choice Awards over at 55 Words. Voting opened December 22 and will close January 20, 2007. It’s been fun watching the votes come in– take a look at the stories and send in your picks! Hooray for reading!
On the first night of Hannukah, the family Szilagyi saw Lou Reed’s Berlin at St. Ann’s Warehouse, which has been promoted as “an evening to press between the crumbling leaves of fall.” Indeed, with DUMBO all foggy under the Manhattan Bridge, the slow polished melodies and gritty explosions seemed just right– if only it hadn’t been unseasonably warm. Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performed as well and I was mildly surprised to see a youngin’ from Spoke the Hub up there, singing “Sad Song”. I had to wonder what little Timmy thought of the occasionally lurid lyrics (bad pun, I know, but my grandmother did think we were going to see “Lurid’s Berlin”–wee!). After the quasi-rock opera finished, the adult performers came back for an encore. Lou et al. sang “Sweet Jane” and “Rock Minuet” and Antony sang something divine in between.
I also received “Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes” which has been a fun read so far. I’m looking forward to Clafoutis Grandmere a la Virginia Woolf.
One of my very first publications was an academic essay published by Hotel in 2002, entitled “The Sexual Life of Agnes Matzerath in Gunter Grass’s Tin Drum“. They’ve now made this volume available online as a .pdf. I had wanted to append “Eels and Feels:” to the beginning of the title but opted for something more staid at the time. The essay is on pp.70-76 if you’re into that sort of thing.