Sunday, June 8, 2008
MAPP in June
I just got back from the MAPP reading. It was unfortunately one of our smaller turn outs. I think that was because we had fewer people doing publicity for it. Unfortunate, not for me or L's Caffe, but for you. Those of you who missed this missed something rather great. The MAPP readings that Mumolo and Morgan do get better every time, and this time was no exception.
I know I am blowing my own horn, but I have some great taste. You can say what you want about me and my writing, but you can't really touch my taste. The readers we had tonight were amazing. You all know about Elliot Harmon by now. You all know about Joseph Lease by now. If you don't, you should get out more; you can't count on me to tel lyou everything that is cool. But Lorelei Lee was the flash point again. She's one of the best prose readers I have ever heard, and her writing is incredible. The thing is that I have heard and read a million other things that are like or try to be like what she does, but everything else falls short and is quite tame and lame in comparison. Lorelei Lee is destined for greatness, methinks. When her book comes out, I will be the first in line to buy it, and I will read it quickly so that I can blog about it.
And if you know me, you know that I think that the only sex writer worth reading is Anaïs Nin. I have to change that now. The only sex writers worth reading, the only ones who have a poetic knack and talent, the only ones who seem to have really lived the life that they talk about and bring it to life with words of all things, are Anaïs Nin and Lorelei Lee. I know they're very different in their styles and focuses, but they are the only ones that have ever made me say something like "wow."
Joseph Lease was great, but I have already blogged about how much I like what he reads a bunch. Elliot Harmon was wonderful and didn't let me down. I love his work, and I love his presence on a stage, and I like the way he is. He is a very good poet, and he is one of the few young poets that I always look forward to reading more of. He's awesome.
But Lorelei Lee! Wow!