by Anna Schuleit
I’ve been reading sections of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried and when I got to this part of “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” I knew I’d have to share it here on the blog:
Whenever he told the story, Rat had a tendency to stop now and then, interrupting the flow, inserting little clarifications or bits or analysis and personal opinion. It was a bad habit, Mitchell Sanders said, because all that matters is the raw material, the stuff itself, and you can’t clutter it up with your own half-baked commentary. What you have to do, Sanders said, is trust your own story. Get the hell out of the way and let it tell itself.
As Adrienne Rich has been on my mind a great deal lately, Sanders’s advice brings to mind the lines “the thing I came for: / the wreck and not the story of the wreck / the thing itself and not the myth…”
Of course, getting out of the way of our stories is easier said than done. And truth be told, we never actually get all the way out of the way, do we?
by Lizi Reale
- Tomorrow, at the LGBT Center, I will be MC’ing a reading that features James Allen Hall, Rigoberto Gonzalez and Eduardo C. Corral. Each of these poets is truly amazing and, if you’re in New York tomorrow evening, I’m so happy you’ll have a chance to see them together. The reading begins at 6:30pm. Go here for more information.
- On Monday, April 16 at 7:00, I’ll be a part of a tribute reading honoring the life and work of Adrienne Rich. The event will feature Rosalind Morris, Julie Crawford, Cathy Park Hong, Yvette Christianse, Cyrus Cassels, Suzane Gardinier and others. The venue for this event is Columbia University’s Deutsches Haus,
which is located at 430 W.116 Street, between Amsterdam and
- Check out my review of Jericho Brown’s Please. And please (pun intended) forgive the typo in the third sentence. Seriously, it’s haunting my dreams.
- My roommate Jaime Karnes has a story AND an interview in the current issue of Storyglossia. You go, girl!
- Daniel Pritchard wrote an insightful review of D.A. Powell’s Chronic.
- Addriene Rich is profiled as a queer icon (and rightfully so).
- And because he deserves to be remembered, check out this amazing NYT article on Michael Jackon’s trailblazing fashion aesthetic. Really, it’s one of the best articles I’ve read about MJ since his passing.