2.09.2005

Reminder: Richard Bausch Feb. 10-11

Thursday
11:00 a.m. Special Workshop, IWP Second Floor Library, Shambaugh House
6:30 p.m. Reading, Gerber Lounge, EPB

Friday
10:30 a.m. Talk re: vision of the Workshop, IWP Second Floor Library, Shambaugh House

Does anyone actually have the balls to go to that special workshop? I'd like to, but I've got a deadline for putting Writing Children's Books For Dummies into production by noon, and I'm baaarely gonna make it. Great if we could get at least one mole in place.

I remembered the story of his that I liked. It was called "All the Way in Flagstaff, Arizona" from The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories. About an alcoholic on a family picnic who sneaks drinks from a bottle he's stashed in the trunk, then goes home wasted, wrestling with his kids until there is some sort of scream, and he and his wife realize they are afraid of him. She ends up taking the kids and going away. It's pretty haunting the way it's written, how the disintegration of this family is so matter-of-factly and calmly presented.

4 comments:

SER said...

I will try to go tomorrow to El Workshop Especial. I am also interested in the talk re: the vision of the workshop and might be able to swing attending that. Grendel, can you go to the reading?

Other denizens of the IC (El Gordo, TLB, Brando, Michelle, Gillymonster, Possum, et al) - will you be able to attend any of these? And, if so, will you heckle?

You know, one component of the interview process really should be a particularly agonizing reading/Q&A with Julie Englander.

Grendel said...

I'm definitely going to the reading and the vision talk and am working away like a jerk (according to my dogs) trying to finish editing this stupid book so I can go to El Workshop Especial. I emailed Connie, asking for confirmation that it's okay to simply show up at it without having read, would Bausch be discombobulated by sudden appearance of unshaven has-been, shoudl I pick up the stories and participate, etc. Her reply: "You should come."

MSF said...

i was planning to go to el workshop especial but alas, my job apparently will be requiring me to earn my keep during that time. so sad. definitely going to the reading and the future-o-the-workshop talk--should be interesting to see what people come up with. and if heckling be required, then heckle i shall.

TLB said...

I will be going to El Workshop Especial. Come keep me company, and we can compare notes afterward.