An Edited Literary Reading Series

Month: July, 2014

It’s Fragrant

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“New York,” Joan Didion once said, “was no mere city. It was instead an infinitely romantic notion, the mysterious nexus of all love and money and power, the shining and perishable dream itself.”

Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? All that dream life? But on the other hand, as Tolstoy once said, “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” Which is a pretty goddamned beautiful dream too, is it not?

These are two powerful and opposite poles of life — living in pastoral bliss, the productive solitude of the tranquil countryside; or being centered in all the noisy business of one of the world’s great cities, where at any moment something or anything can or will happen. And on that note, The Disagreement is pleased to announce Cow Pies Vs. Old Gum, a special reading to be held as part of the 2014 Wassaic Project Summer Festival.

For this reading we’ve asked five writers from our past to join us and read pieces they feel best suit our theme. That is, the city versus the country, stuff that smells versus stuff that doesn’t, or perhaps just things you can step in.

The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a FREE, annual, multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, dance, and community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances, and much more! Housed in the unique buildings and property of the Wassaic Project, the festival escapes the white walls of traditional art spaces and focuses on site-sensitive installations and performances. The festival creates a weekend-long opportunity for artists and performers of all mediums to come together, exchange ideas, learn new things, and engage in a thriving community. Participants are encouraged to come for the day or stay the weekend, camping onsite. Programming is cutting-edge yet family friendly. The beautiful Hamlet of Wassaic is remarkably accessible from NYC and a short walk from the Wassaic MetroNorth train station.

At the Lantern Inn. We’ll start at 3.

With:

Reineke Hollander is a visual artist and writer who was born in the Netherlands and has lived in Brooklyn since 1986. She has worked as a translator, and as a journalist for the Dutch daily newspaper NRC-Handelsblad. She is currently finishing her first novel, a fictionalised memoir about growing up  in the Netherlands after World War II and in the Sixties, tentatively titled Behaving Well in Times of War. Further information can be viewed at reinekehollander.com

Lizzie Harris’s debut collection is Stop Wanting (CSU Poetry Center, 2014). Her poems appear in All HollowBarrow Street, The Carolina QuarterlyPainted Bride QuarterlyPhantom Limb, Sixth Finch and VICE.com. She was born in southern Arizona, raised in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Brooklyn, where she’s a poetry editor for Bodega Magazine.

Brittany Goss has published writing in Joyland Magazine, The Writing DisorderBellingham Review, and Grasslimb Journal. She holds an MFA from Colorado State University and has received support for her writing from the Vermont Studio Center. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories, which includes “A Simple Life”.

Kayla Rae Whitaker is originally from Eastern Kentucky and has an MFA in fiction from New York University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming  in Smokelong Quarterly, Joyland, B O D Y, Bodega, Burnt Bridge, and Still. She recently appeared alongside such luminaries as Lynyrd Skynyrd in the History Channel’s southern culture documentary “You Don’t Know Dixie.” She is currently at work on a novel about raging lady cartoonists. You can also find her on Twitter @kaylarwhitaker.

Samuel Cooper is a writer, classicist, and freelance mathematician. His work has appeared in Hyperallergic, Linear and Multilinear Algebra, and other places. He grew up in Alabama and now lives in Brooklyn. His cell phone does not connect to the internet.

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Shit Got Broke

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We couldn’t have an event called Busted without something breaking — in this case, both the photographer’s camera and Culturefix’s projector went down. And unfortunately, we were not able to screen our scheduled short film, Donald Cried. But what didn’t go wrong was the quality of our readers. Miles Klee, Susannah Kemple, and Adam Dalva read stories that were sad and funny and altogether inventive. In Miles Klee’s “Waiting For The Chinese,” a broken car horn and undelivered Chinese delivery portend a father’s existential crisis. Susannah Kemple’s “A Miracle,” featured two practitioners of “cynical old fashioned body music” who visit a psychic in the Miccosukee Spiritual Village. And in Adam Dalva’s moving piece “Toby,” he intertwines (and superimposes) the story of a life-changing childhood friendship with the comic “Bone.”

Donald Cried will be screened at one of our upcoming readings this fall, so please stay tuned. In the meantime, please join us on August 2 in Wassaic, NY for Cow Pies Vs. Old Gum.

Your Face Here

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To be busted is to be broken, ugly, or arrested. To be busted is to be bankrupt or useless, ruined morally or financially. To be busted means that you’re done, finished, kaput; that you’re beyond repair.

To be busted is to be shit out of luck.

Everyone comes to the end of the line sooner or later; the trick is in figuring out whether you can draw a new one, whether or not you you get stuck steps away from the finish or find a new race to run. In this wintery economic climate, money can be the deciding factor, money might buy you all the luck you need. But of course, everyone has their debts to be paid, and money might not be enough. Chance is a slippery thing. You’ll just as likely fall flat on your face.

Hunter Thompson once described luck as “a very thin wire between survival and disaster.” And on July 23, The Disagreement will present Busted, an evening of readings and a film featuring characters trying to manage this delicate tightrope walk.

At Culturefix. We’ll start at 7.

With:

Miles Klee is a reporter for the Daily Dot and author of the novel Ivyland, a finalist in the 2013 Tournament of Books. He contributes to Vanity Fair and Lapham’s Quarterly, while his short fiction has appeared in 3:AM, Unstuck, The White Review, Birkensnake, The Collagist, and Pinball.

Susannah Kemple works at The New Yorker magazine where, in the words of a friend, “It’s not like you actually write stuff. Oh, that came out harsh. Let’s talk about something else. Are you going to finish all your nachos?” Prior to coming to writing, Susannah worked as a German translator and a restorative justice study coordinator , and trained as a puppeteer with an avant-garde company, a job at which she did not excel.

Adam Dalva is a graduate of NYU’s MFA Program, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. He has written a novel, The Zero Date, and was an Associate Fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His work has been published in The Millions, Bodega, Connu, and elsewhere. Adam is also an 18th century French antiques dealer.

Jesse Wakeman is a New York based actor and artist, who recently completed his MFA at Columbia University. As an actor, Jesse has appeared in numerous shorts and feature films, and is currently collaborating with Kris on the feature version of Donald Cried.  More info can be found at: www.jessewakeman.com.

Kris Avedisian is an award winning filmmaker who lives and works in Rhode Island. He has won awards at Slamdance, The Boston Film Festival, and various festivals. He is currently working with Jesse on the feature version of Donald Cried, to be shot in winter 2015. www.donaldcried.com