...In with the new? That's the quiztune on everyone lips after the Great Purge of '08 aka Election Day. To celebrate, join me this Sunday, November 16 at 8pm at the Mountain Bar for a night of irreverent readings that promises to be even more raucous than usual.
The observant reader will not an additional name on the poster above: Vermin foot soldier Josh Bearman returns to deliver a dispatch from the front lines of the aforementioned election. Schadenfreude encouraged.
To celebrate this fine occassion, I've had special Year of the Rat/St. Patrick's Day t-shirts printed, which I'll be giving away in the raffle and selling for unbelievable low prices. Check back soon for a sneak peak at the t-shirt design!
No, that's not a mind-sucking space alien probe preparing to rob you of your
wits inside the chamber of blood. It's a new light fixture at The
Mountain. If it was a mind-sucker at least I'd have an excuse for the
lateness of this recap.
Here's Doug Cordell, recent Los Angeles transplant and all around
nice guy reading a story about not-so-nice roommates. He suffered so
that we could be amused.
Sam Quinones knows a great deal about the rise and fall of the velvet painting boom. How much does he know? He didn't even have to refer to his book, Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream to tell the story.
Jami Attenberg came all the way from New York to read from her novel, The Kept Man. She's not the first New Yorker (or the last) to grace the stage at Vermin on the Mount, but she's the only one to do it twice. You can hear an excerpt in this short film inspired by the book here.
As many of you are undoubtedly aware, November 2 is Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, in which those who have shuffled off to the great cheese plate in the sky are remembered and honored by those still stuck on this rat trap of a planet.
On Sunday, November 4, we'll be celebrating Dios de los Vermin at the usual time and place -- 8pm at the Mountain Bar in Chinatown -- with four fabulous writers:
Anaheim native GUSTAVO ARELLANO is the world's foremost authority on the Mexican-American experience. His hilariously irreverent column "Ask a Mexican," is nationally syndicated and was released in book form last May. Arellano makes frequent appearances on radio and TV and is currently food editor and investigative journalist for the OC Weekly.
MARY OTIS is the author of the short story collection, Yes, Yes Cherries, a New Voices selection from Tin House Books. A Los Angeles transplant from Boston, Otis's stories are full of flawed, fractured, fascinating characters "amidst the fantastical circus of life" in L.A.
Amusement park expert KEVIN MOFFETT is the author of the acclaimed short story collection Permanent Visitors. Moffett is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and teaches writing at Cal State University, San Bernardino.
Matt Singer of the Ventura County Reporter wrote a charming review of the reading I did with Bucky Sinister at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo. I'll post a full recap of Bucky's performance at Vermin on the Mount, along with Razor and S.A. Griffin, later this weekend.
Posts here are going to be a scantier than usual for the next month while I gear up for the official release of my short story collection, Big Lonesome. On October 15 there will be a huge party at the Mountain in Chinatown and you're all invited. Until then I'll be posting some sporadic thoughts about being a first-time author here. There will be some road reports, reader reactions, links to reviews (he said hopefully) and the inside dirt on some of the stories in the collection. Stop by, lurk or link as you please.
I’m just a wee bit tardy in seeing this story about indie publishers in the Weekly Literary Supplement in last week’s LA Weekly, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Vermin centurion Sean Carswell, editor-in-chief at Gorsky Press and author of Barney’s Crew, is one of the 18 publishers profiled, and that your humble host gets a flattering mention as well. I would like to add that I’ve been to a lot of Sean’s readings and have never once seen a bottle or chair used as a missile, although it sounds like a fine idea.