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Reading is Fun! Chuck Klosterman and a Ragtag Team of Writers Tell Some Stories

Posted by Ariel / June 17, 2010

IMG_2956_2.JPGIf you are a fan of books, plays or Chuck Klosterman, then you are in luck. Klosterman (author of Sex, Drugs and Cocopuffs: A Low Culture Manifesto), Mac Wellman, Tony Mochama, and Jon Paul Fiorentino read at Concordia, as a part of the Summer Literary Seminars, last night and they rocked the quiet, dimly lit, uncomfortable, house! Klosterman will be discussing his writing and creative nonfiction with fellow writer Craig Silverman, this afternoon. Essentially, they will be discussing how to write about your television watching habits without sounding boring and pretentious.

Klosterman, read from Killing Yourself to Live last night, a book that ostensibly promises to be about dead rockstars, but ends up dealing with relationships and lonely roadtripping. He read an excerpt in which he gets high, watches the news and interacts with some teenagers. As usual, it is Klosterman's ability to write about the mundane that makes him talented and his reading was definitely a crowd pleaser.

The show started on a heavier note, with experimental playwright, Mac Wellman reading from his reimagining of Antigone. The reading was both powerful and entertaining, if a little bit incomprehensible. Wellman seems to be a guy with sense of humour, he enjoyed screwing with the audience by never quite making it clear when his reading was over, or if he was just taking a long time to breathe.

Next up was, Tony Mochama, a Kenyan poet and journalist who read different works about lions, Boy George and a man who get sucked into his television and then eats peanuts. Mochama also brought a vuvuzela to the reading and blasted the horn everytime a new writer came up. All around, Mochama is a stand up guy.

Finally, John Paul Fiorentino read from his book Stripmalling about a "young, horny, stupid, douchebag from Winnipeg." He dubbed his genre of writing "wangst", a compound of Winnipeg and angst. If you enjoy clever writing about unlikeable people, this is the book for you.

Klosterman's discussion today will be from 2 to 3 p.m at J.A. Cinema De Seve, 1400 De Maisonneuve, so hurry over if you want to get those pop culture musings. Each of these writers are featured in the ongoing Summer Literary Seminars which has free, open, events for the next few weeks.

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