Coming May 9th, The Disagreement presents Fucking Filthy Vs. Fucking Pristine. The human body is a silly thing, a contradiction — foul and full of appetites often beyond our control. It can be worshiped or desired, abhorred or embarrassing, smelly or fragrant, slothful or disciplined, graceful and exquisite or pus-filled and decaying. Sometimes, it can be downright frightening. But we are all gifted, or cursed with one, whatever the case may be, so come celebrate with us our ludicrous bags of meat, these shit factories with genital urges. Four writers will tell you of uncontrollable bowel movements, warts, and impromptu abortion parties, among other delectable topics, and they will make you laugh so much you cry or maybe cry so much you fart.

We will also, for the very first time, be presenting a short film for your viewing pleasure. You’re gonna love it. We promise.

Find us at Culturefix, 9 Clinton Street. We start at 7.


Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. Haywire reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution’s fiction best-seller list. Both Tetched and Roughhouse were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. He teaches at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in Manhattan. He was awarded a 2012 fellowship in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Victoria Matsui is an editor at Little, Brown and Company. She has previously worked at Poets & Writers Magazine and BookCourt bookstore. Her story “Good Friends” was published in Esopus in 2012, and she has been milking it for all it’s worth ever since. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sarah Alice Moran is a painter who sometimes gets crazy urges to make films and sculptures. She received her BA from Bowdoin College and her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. You can see more of her work at sarahmoran.com.

Elizabeth L. Davis is a fiction writer and first year MFA candidate at NYU Paris Writer’s Workshop.  She is currently working on a novel about a lonely alien.  She will be reading from her story “Monster Mash.”

Marie-Helene Bertino’s collection of short stories SAFE AS HOUSES received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award, judged by Jim Shepard, and was published in October of 2012.  She received The Pushcart Prize in 2007 and a Special Mention in 2011.  She has taught for The Gotham Writer’s Workshop and One Story’s Emerging Writer’s Workshop and was an Emerging Writer Fellow at NYC’s Center for Fiction.  She hails from Philly and lives in Brooklyn.  Currently, she is a biographer for people living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  For more information, visit www.mariehelenebertino.com, or follow her @mhbertino.