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January 30, 2011

I think this may be the first time since 7th grade I’ve made the paper without having to write the article. From the John Day, Oregon Blue Mountain Eagle:

MONUMENT – Grant County’s writer-in-residence Brad Tyer will read excerpts from his book-in-progress, “Opportunity, Montana,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at the Monument Community Center.

Tyer, a Montana writer and journalist, is the first author to participate in the area’s Fishtrap/EOU rural eastern Oregon writer-in-residence program.

The whole article, including a hilariously bookish self-portrait, is LINKED HERE.

This arrives fortuitously, since I just got back from driving around Long Creek and Monument posting flyers at the post office, the general store, and the senior center.

All of which puts me in mind of something I read in N+1 the other day:

“If you’ve made the mistake of going to literary readings, you know that the only thing that can make them endurable is to ha at each funny bit, and ah at each clever observation, and oh at any grotesque turn. Pity rescues art on these occasions. But art can’t survive it.

A reading is like a bedside visit. The audience extends a giant moist hand and strokes the poor reader’s hair. Up at the podium is someone who means to believe in his or her work, and instead he’s betrayed by his twitchy body and nervous laughter. The writer looks like his mother dresses him, he has razor burn on his neck, his hands may be shaking, his voice is creaky. Or she—she was always afraid of public speaking, this is why she became a writer!




One Comment leave one →
  1. Christina permalink
    January 30, 2011 10:50 pm

    Did I know about your love of jerky?

    I bought stopped at Jerky Unlimited in Dundee when I was heading home from A2, but I was disappointed; somehow I thought it would feature a variety of meat offerings, but it was mostly just beef jerky with different flavorings. Jerky FAIL.

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