Weird Rites and Happy Endings

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Happy Ending Reading and Music Series ended its season on a fantastical note, in a program promising “Metaphors and Epiphanies.”

Amelia Gray announced that she was writing a book about threats, and proceeded to read out a sampling of them: imagine Edgar Allan Poe grafted onto Don Corleone, with a dash of Oliver Sacks.

Shane Jones re-worked the Beauty and the Beast genre in a brief urban fairy tale, "I Will Enfold You With My Hairy Hands."

And Audrey Niffenegger, the architect of the ultimate understanding woman (The Time Traveller’s Wife) gave us a glimpse of one who’s had enough in an excerpt from her new novel Her Fearful Symmetry.

All-girl band The Walking Hellos played sassy fusion and quipped about Paul the World Cup-predicting octopus. 

Host Amanda Stern stayed cool (in both senses) despite 93 degree heat and the Public Theater’s ongoing construction, which has made most of the backstage area look like pre-Unification East Germany.

Use the tool above to listen to highlights from the evening.

Bon Mots

"You are the pile of sand behind the curtain of my memory; you are the fish on the hook of my ugly heart."—Amelia Gray.

"He left the music store humming, 'A man needs a maid,' imagining running his fingers through Stacy's silky blonde hair.  Stacy watched the Hair Monster...trying to remember what Al Green sang, feeling a warmth splinter her body with each word she could remember to hum."—Shane Jones, from "I Will Enfold You With My Hairy Hands."

"I cannot live this way anymore. ... I will not have to always enter the rooms with my right foot first, or smell bleach on my skin, on everything I touch. My things will be in their cupboards and drawers, not in Tupperware, not wrapped in cling film…Maybe I will have a cat."—Audrey Niffenegger, from Her Fearful Symmetry.


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