The agonized/orgasmic look on Scott O'Connor's face can mean only one of two things: he still hasn't recovered from the Red Sox debacle or it's time for another Vermin on the Mount recap!
Poet Teka Lark Lo started the evening with a passel of hard-hitting poems about life as we know it in Los Angeles. Be sure to check out her column LA Real and if you're staying in the city this weekend she'll be reading at 9 AM on Sunday November 27, 2005, at the LA River. No, really.
Here's Justine Musk reading from her dark and fabulous new novel Bloodangel, which poses the question: What if demons arrived in the guise of an irresistable underground rock band? This certainly explains Keith Richards longevity. Sympathy for the devil indeed...
I know what you're thinking. What is this John Stockton crotch shot doing on the Vermin blog?
Not quite. It's Dave Fromm who brought the house down with excerpts from his unpublished memoir, Away Games, which is about his stint as a semi-pro basketball player in Prague. This is the uniform. Judging from the laugh fest that broke out (during the reading, not the disrobing) we think this one is a slam dunk (sorry) to get published.
Rounding out the evening was Jolene Siana, author of Go Ask Ogre: Letters from a Deathrock Cutter. In the mid-80s Jolene wrote scores of letters to her favorite musician, Ogre of Skinny Puppy. This morbidly beautiful book is published by Process Media, the new imprint from Feral House.
This is Don, one of the unsung heroes of Vermin on the Mount. Don the Mountain Bar's sound guru. He sets up the microphones, arranges the PA, and generally makes sure everything is copasetic. Once the show gets rolling he takes a seat and listens to all the readers, which makes Don one of Vermin's most fervent fans. Thanks, Don!