Wednesday, October 31, 2007
At Pegasus last night, Davy and Peter Rothbart read and performed for Found Magazine's There Goes the Neighborhood tour. Pegasus was so full that the bookshelves had to be moved to the other side as they are usually in order to open the reading area to the rest of the store. The whole store was full, and everyone was there to see the Found Magazine event. Incredible. Even more incredible is how good the event was. Davy, who writes for This American Life on NPR, read his favorite "finds" and a short, touching autobiographical memoir. Peter sang songs based on some of his favorite finds that actually got people singing along. In this town, at that bookstore, that's saying something. These gentlemen are true artists.
I laughed with an audience who was exploding with laughter; I shivered with goosebumps with an audience who were nearly crying with sentiment. Not knowing what to expect at all, I was so thoroughly surprised that I went away with a new-found love for Found Magazine, a mag I've always thought was pretty cool.
It's a big tour, so if you live in a city somewhere else in the US, check out their site, and go to this show. You won't be disappointed.
Tonight is Amiri Baraka at UC Berkeley, who is very controversial. I like controversy in poetry.