Inhuman Swill : Manhattan

Taboo Tales NYC, Monday, October 10th, 7:00 pm, The PIT, 123 E. 24th St., New York, NY 10010
Tonight I'm very excited to be part of the second Taboo Tales event in New York City. Come out and see us at The PIT and I guarantee you'll leave feeling better about yourself. But get your tickets quick!

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Taboo Tales

I'm very excited to be part of the second Taboo Tales event in New York City on Monday, October 10th. Taboo Tales is the long-running show from Los Angeles where people tell stories about their fucked-up lives. Come out and see us at The PIT on Monday and I guarantee you'll feel better about yourself.

Now, I'll let Taboo Tales tell you more...

We've learned New Yorkers are pretty fucked up so we're putting on our second show on October 10th. It's Columbus Day so tell all your friends to come out and discover this one of a kind storytelling show where we talk about topics no one wants to discuss in public.

Our BRAVE storytellers for this show will be:

  • Allison Guerra
  • Tony Carnevale
  • Kent Koren
  • William Shunn
  • Karen Fratti
  • Bobby Hankinson

    Hosted by Vanessa Golenia and Kejal Macdonald
    Happening at the PIT theater (24th and Lex)
    7pm. Arrive by 6:30pm.

    Save some money and get your tickets in advance!
    $10 online tickets // $13 at the door

    Want to see how much fun we had at the last one? Say no more. Check our event photos.


    More info:

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    The Sundays Sessions with William Shunn feat. Daniel Geoghegan and Jon Pope
    New Yorkers! Come see me at HiFi Bar this Sunday night, as I perform memoir excerpts and original poetry with drum-and-bass backing. I probably won't be going on until after 9:00 pm, but please show up for the whole evening to support The Sunday Sessions at HiFi.

    We'll have books for sale, too, pre-release.

    The Sunday Sessions feat. William Shunn
    with musical backing by Daniel Geoghegan & Jon Pope

    Sunday, October 11, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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    Springtime in Manhattan

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    Tourists in Times Square
    Blocking the sidewalk to gape
    At an ambulance

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    Our good friend Edie Nadelhaft (one of whose paintings hangs on our dining room wall) is participating tonight in Changing the World Through Art, an auction and gala to benefit the Time In Children's Arts Initiative.

    New Yorkers, please consider showing up and supporting the gala! It takes place at Haunch of Venison, 550 W. 21st St., from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. (Buy tickets here.)

    Edie says:

    TimeIn is a unique outreach program that introduces children from some of the most underserved and impoverished neighborhoods in NYC to the arts through activities such as hands on classes, sketching at museums and galleries and listening to opera.

    Please make this the first of your 2012 tax deductible donations and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, bespoke cocktails and a live auction of works including my own Cherry Biter No. 12 as well as works by Takashi Murakami, William Wegman, Nick Cave and many more!
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    You are here

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    You Are Here - Roosevelt Island - New York City

    you are here

    the southern tip of roosevelt island
    east river easing by to either side
    beside your wife astride the bikes
    you rode like phantoms through
    the hushed streets of queens
    over the red bridge at 36th ave

    you are here

    inside the four mile ring of the
    concentric circles of immediacy
    and inverse kneejerk jingoism
    the two towers at their center
    their sides pierced by spears
    gushing ash into waterclear sky

    you are here

    holding hands in the swelling
    congregation of silent cyclists
    a u.n. of observers stunned and numb
    distant sirens the only sounds
    besides the murmuring river
    or the murmurs might be yours

    you are not here

    to see or hear the first collapse
    you're riding back over the bridge
    retracing miles unwinding the clock
    restitching time with no success
    at home your t.v. sees just one tower
    a dustblinded eye about to close

    you are not there

    originally read at Tuesday Funk, September 6, 2011 [video]

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    No, I don't mean dancers smoking pot. I mean dance choreographed on an indoor set of living grass and trees. It's "Wooden," by our good friend Laura Peterson (with sets by Jon Pope), and you lucky New Yorkers can see Part 2 at Here Arts Center tonight and tomorrow night only. Please go, since we can't! Tickets are $15.

    Laura's choreography always strikes me as supremely logical, whether rooted in organic forms or technological ideas or a hybrid of both, and entirely superior to the hackneyed vocabulary that seems to compose much of modern dance. Here's a video of one of the improvisations that led to "Wooden" to whet your appetite:

    at MoMA 2/14/10 from Laura Peterson on Vimeo.

    See more of Laura's videos here and here. And here's a past favorite of mine, just because:

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    And a brine chaser, please

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    While Laura and I were in New York City about a month ago, we were introduced to a drink called the "pickle back"—a shot of Irish whiskey followed by a pickle-brine chaser. Yes, I was dubious too, but it was the best new drink I'd tasted in ages. Of course, the pickle juice needs to be of high quality. You can't just use the liquid from a bottle of Vlasic dill chips.

    We first experienced the pickle back at Sweet Afton in Queens ([info]ecmyers was there!), so imagine our surprise when at Whiskey Tavern in Chinatown the next evening we found two varieties of pickle back on the menu! It's apparently a growing trend in bars in the know, as detailed in this New York Post article:

    Give Pickle Juice a Shot

    Time to invest in cucumber futures?

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    R.I.P. Ryan Maguire's Ale House

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    Fans of the monthly New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series in Manhattan are used to gathering for good food, good whiskey, and good beer at Ryan Maguire's Ale House, on Cliff Street near the South Street Seaport. Unfortunately, Ryan Maguire's was destroyed by a fire early this morning:

    It's great that no one was hurt, but this is a real loss. It was a warm, welcoming place, and I always looked forward to heading there with Jim Freund and a big, interesting, varied crowd after readings while Laura and I still lived in New York. I'm glad I had a chance to go there one last time, in January, when Paul Witcover and I read together at NYRSF. RIP.

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    Hi, NYC friends! Yes, it's a last-minute surprise to me too, but I'll be reading with the excellent Paul Witcover THIS COMING TUESDAY EVENING, January 5th, as part of the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series at the South Street Seaport Museum. Doors open 6:30 pm, readings begin 7:00 pm. Suggested donation is $5. See below for all the details, and we hope to see you there.

    Please note, if you haven't been to a NYRSF reading at the Seaport lately, that the location is slightly different than it used to be....

    --> The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
    and the
    South Street Seaport Museum present <--

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    Order yours now!

    William Shunn

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