1984: The Book: The Production

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine brought to my attention an off-broadway production of every high schooler's collective favorite dystopian future novel, 1984. I, not being one to miss such a heroic attempt at live-action, low-budgeted adaptation, sought to buy tickets to see a Saturday matinee performance of it. At a paltry $25 per ticket (plus applicable convenience charges), this 80-minute uninterupted spectacle of postmodernism is well worth the price of admission.

Without spoiling too much, this envisioning of the 1949 George Orwell novel does a more-than-adequate job at capturing the disconnected, lonely feeling of Winston's troubles throughout the course of the story. Naturally, minor details are cut in favor of cramming the main plot points into something that's just barely under an hour and a half, but the important bits are there. It's done by a group of artists known as the Godlight Theater Company, who have worked on similar adaptations of other novels such as Blindness, Slaughterhouse Five, Farenheit 451, and so on and so forth. I could go over their merits as a company, but to be honest this is the first time I've ever heard of them, so if you're so inclined to learn more about them you can just click on the link. That's the magic of Al Gore Presents : The Internet, Hard at Work!, hard at work.

The acting was delightful, especially the pasty, soft-spoken yet intimidating man who played O'Brien, although Julia looked somewhat similar to a girl I once dated who dumped my loser ass swiftly, so that totally took me out of it. I also very much liked how the actor who played Parsons reacted in an explosion of nervous fury when he was sentenced to Room 101, as his sentiments very closely parallel mine whenever I'm told I have to go to school, or work, or outside, or basically anywhere that involves leaving my basement.

Perhaps the most interesting of design choices involved the lighting - there was often a square of light in the center of the stage, which was treated differently in each scene (for example, in one scene it's treated as an imaginary table). The telescreens were depicted by four women standing at the outer edges of the stage, quietly chattering away as the action unfolded in the center and wonderfully illustrating the claustrophobic feel Big Brother hammered down on the doomed city.

It's currently being shown at 59E59 on 59th Street between Madison and Park, and it's a grand old time and highly recommended by this sci-fi fart in the wind, so take that as you will.

(Cross-posted on a lesser blog.)

day for night. DON'T ARGUE.

Tomorrow: Tuesday March 24th:
Heather Armstrong of www.dooce.com is reading.
I love her blog: writing, photography, lapsed mormonism. Good stuff. She makes a living off of blogging - and - apparently - putting together a book whose pages I will pick up and graze/gaze on.She's at Barnes and Noblez. The one in Chelsea. It's free. And it's at 7pm.

Do you want to see Alyssa Milano on Wednesday? Want a signed copy of a book she "wrote?" Then google it yourself,cause I'm not posting it here.

Lifted from Bluestockings.com :
Saturday, March 28th @ 7PM - $5 Suggested
Open Mic: Ya-Ya Network “NYC Sex Education”
The Youth Activists - Youth Allies Network (Ya-Ya) is welcomes Breasts Not Bombs to lead a discussion on sex education in New York City. Sex education in public schools intends scare young people away from sex. Come discuss methods of staying sex-positive in a sex-negative society. Come out and spit, rap, rant, sing. Share your ideas about the world you know and the world you want to see, or at least come and listen! The Youth Activists - Youth Allies Network (Ya-Ya) is a citywide anti-racist, anti-sexist organization and allies with the LGBTQ community, staffed by young activists ages 15-19.

Sounds awesome!

Black Women and the Radical Tradition 2009
CUNY!!! : Graduate Center @ 5th Ave and 34th
Register there & see who is speaking (listed first: Angela Davis...), etc.


Things have been very productive @ the olivetree review. geeetin along.
It's mid-semester. We're still planning the open-mic. Details will be up soon!

Tragic news from the social-climbing- digging-itself-out-of-the-black-hole twitter:

-and. sadly- jimmy fallon reflects on meeting morrisey. I say sadly...because..I could not afford the 65 dollar tickets to see him sweat and croon. Morrissey is not recession proof. Love you Moz.

Brief Review:
Remember how I posted on Muldoon & his band "Rackett" playing at Bowery Poetry Club? I went. It was too expensive. There was another band called menage-et-twang (I think) and they sang about some funny stuff. Rackett-wise, Muldoon looked a little awkward on the stage. The lead singer had a Broadway voice (not a terrible thing but I'm used to growling). It wasn't really my thing, but it wasn't bad. There was a burlesque show afterward, but I didn't feel like paying 15 bucks just to stay where I was. AND they monopolized the bathroom- so I went into the mens and had someone refuse men entry while I was pissing out all that damn Bass Ale.


Places to go besides the 68th street "bistro."

Nosh on some words and take off your sweater:

Thursday: March 15th at 6:30pm
Steven Greenhouse
@The Tenement Museum Shop
108 Orchard St (at Delancey St)
Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts

A FREE event!
Whats going down:
Where is Eugene Debs when you need him? American labor has been under assault for years, and Greenhouse discusses the plight of blue-collar citizens in his book, The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker.

Feeling shafted? I've been meaning to visit the Tenement Museum for awhile. My class was recently in a documentary about Anzia Yeserskia (should be released to festivals by the end of the year and on PBS in about a year - I'm the one that makes a remark concerning one of the characters in Bread Givers and then stupidly eyes the camera, ruining the shot- it'll probably get cut)

Saturday: March 21st @ 8pm
The one, the only:
Paul Muldoon
Ripping it up @ the Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Bleecker and Houston Sts)
Subway: B, D, F, V to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St

This event costs $15
Described on bowerypoetry.com's website as:
RACKETT>> An evening of poetry and rock and roll with Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize winning poetry editor of the New Yorker, and the Princeton-based band Rackett, featuring Stephen Allen (keyboards), Bobby Lewis (drums), Lee Matthew (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Muldoon (guitar, lyrics), and Nigel Smith (bass).

RKOMMENTARY: I had such a great time seeing Muldoon for free that it's a pain to cough up $15----BUT with the addition of a BAND this should be interesting. If I'm not home washing my hair, I most likely will be checking this out.


This weekend I had to buy Invisible Man by Ellison. I used a 25% off one item coupon at Borders and got a new copy. You can see how exciting a Saturday can be up here in the 914.

Olivetree had a meeting about a new Workshop concept that Reuben is heading (and hopefully, a good portion of us are backing). It sounds really amazing and once we sort everything out, you can expect a blog post about it (as well as a facebook message).

Open mics are in the works:

*St. Patty's is Limerick open-mic. Make a start on you Limerick Career (I've seen dozens of postings on craigslist)

*The planning for the big open-mic is in full swing. Hopefully TH105 will see some new faces mingling with the old.

Please note the FLYER in the post below- It's a contest. Create an ode. Try to win. Literary Sports. If I had to write an ode right now it would be about...humm....olfactory glands.

Hope all is okay with you/ your pet/ your job and your blossoming quarterlife,

Going out about town? For your consideration:

Feel like getting out and doing something instead of watching Law and Order or following Lance Armstrong's Twitter?

Wednesday March 11th:

National Book Critics Circle Reading 2009
6 PM
Tishman Auditorium, The New School
66 West 12th St (Between 5th and 6th Aves)
The Circle presents awards for the year’s finest books.

Thursday March 12th:

New York State of Mind: An Evening of NYC Fiction and Poetry
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St (between Bleecker and W 4th Sts)
Tickets: $12 (includes one drink)

Norman Beim, Perry Brass, Robert W. Cabell and others will be on hand to discuss literature and the future of publishing.

(seems like this could be interesting but get grim...personal aside: condolences to my Godsister on her lay-off)
Also on Thursday:
@ the 92 street Y (Lex and 92nd)
Rae Armantrout and Cole Swensen
Tickets are $10 if you're 35 and under...
Fetching description: http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T-TP5MS19
(what could go wrong here....really...?)
This sounds frighteningly interesting:

Friday March 13th:

Poetry Brothel

Madame X
94 W Houston St (between La Guardia Pl and Thompson St)
Tickets: $15

“Whores” turns phrases instead of tricks at this fun poetry reading. “Johns” are encouraged to enter booths, where they are read to by poets such as Jennifer Michael Hecht, Jean Hartig, Matthew Yeager and others.

(I might need someone to accompany me...an escort if you will)

Here's a jumpstart on a Hunter Event to keep in mind:

Kent Haruf — Wednesday March 25, 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Faculty Dining Room, 8th Fl., West Building, Hunter College
(you can hear an interview with him at that link)

Hunter College Readings are definitely the way to go. Don't be lazy!
Seeing Paul Muldoon the other week was a real pleasure. His poetry is absolutely enthralling and he is incredibly charming. By the end of the reading I had filled a page or two with notes and hand sprawls of word association.
Interestingly and amusingly enough, the Q&A was a complete bust. Who the hell gave the rambling dude the microphone when there were only three questions to be asked? It made me feel a kinship when Muldoon didn't completely embarrass the guy (the real question was NEVER established) and said that he writes when he should be doing other things. Unquestionably this man is swamped with work (all related to writing (?) ....being the New Yorker Poetry Editor and the like) and was being modest. He also said that writing one poem a month is a great average. I felt like he was giving the room a bit of a pep talk. He really impressed the hell out of me, but I was prepared to be blown down the chute after a glimpse of the "all knowing" wikipedia page that presented when queried.
Another great thing about Hunter readings...free fruit and soda. Awesome. (and free...of course!)

A personal aside: I can't stop reading Lance Armstrong's Twitter. What is this guys problem? He tweets like a madman. Why do I have a twitter? Do you? John Cleese is on twitter. Did you know that? The Mask is on. Somebody stop me. Currently reading (after I get the willpower to deny Jim Carey facetime) James Baldwin's Another Country (can't figure out how to underline for the book title). Anyone reading some mind twisting books? This spring forward stuff has made me a night monster.


"ID Me" - National Writing Contest - 1st Generation Press

1st Generation Press, Inc., a New York-based independent publishing house committed to discovering the unconventional and the unexpected, is proud to present its 1st annual "ID Me" contest. Open to all college students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. "ID Me" seeks original, unpublished nonfiction memoirs exploring the theme of "identity."

The top twenty authors will be published in an anthology and the top three authors will receive cash prizes (first place: $250; second place: $100; third Place: $50). Each of the top twenty authors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication.

A short cover letter, a current copy of education transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and an entry fee of $10.00 (in the form of a check or money order only, made out to "1st Generation Press, Inc.") must accompany each submission. All submissions must be typed, between 6000-15000 words, 12pt Times New Roman font.

Please submit as an e-mail ATTACHMENT to submissions (at)1stgenpress.com OR mail to: 1st Generation Press, Inc., P.O. Box 758, Melville, NY 11747. Any other format results in disqualification from the contest and contest fee will NOT be returned. E-mailed submissions will not be processed until the fee is received via mail.

One submission per person. 1st Generation Press, Inc. reserves one-time rights, but the author retains original copyright. Authors will not receive any royalties on books published. Other restrictions may apply, visit www.1stgenpress.com for more information or e-mail infoandquestions (at) 1stgenpress.com for further questions.

Deadline: 29 June 2009 (Snail-mail submissions must be postmarked by this date)