On the Dial
The past couple weeks we've spent decompressing from the cyclones that were AWP and then Mission Creek. One featured bumpy plane rides, recycled convention center air, and no sunlight, while the other was late nights, loud bands, and long drives. All of it was fun, yet exhausting.
On my return flight from AWP, I read Ciao, Suerte by Annie McGreevy (Nouvella Books), The Cult of Loretta by Kevin Maloney (Lazy Fascist Press), and The Incoming Tide by Cameron Pierce (Broken River Books).
Now home and settled back in the captain's seat, I've been reading and really enjoying My Documents, the story collection by Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra (McSweeney's).
Having missed him at Mission Creek, the Pandora station has been fixed on Kurt Vile radio.
We got the chance to see Th' Legendary Shack Shakers at Rumba Cafe, whose live show is something to behold. There's just so much energy that goes into it. (Stay tuned for more on the Shack Shakers next week!) Unfortunately, we missed Emily & The Complexes, whose show was the same night.
Eliza saw Parquet Courts and Molly caught Har Mar Superstar, both blowing through town.
With the help of the documentary Cowspiracy! (which we recommend), Eliza converted our friends (whose twin sons, Mose and Royal, acted in I'm Not Patrick, and whose matriarch and patriarch, Sandy and Pablo, act in both I'm Not Patrick and The Removals), to veganism. (I like to make it sound as religious/cultish as possible.) Pablo even wrote a post at The Kenyon Review's blog about their family's conversion.
Next week, we'll be gearing up for the premiere of The Removals at the Wexner Center on May 4, the North American release of The Reactive on June 5, as well as Book Expo America in Chicago on May 11-13, but are still hoping to check out Sherman Alexie at CCAD.