The great thing about doing these literary shows is I get to do comedy after a fuckin sad junkie story. Thus spake Nato Green at a recent Rumpus event. While its not all you need to know about tonights A Friendly Gathering, its a good start. This is not just a literary show by any means, and its not just a Rumpus event. Literary journal Zyzzyva is also behind it. And fuckin sad stories (sometimes about junkies) precede weird-ass comedy (tonight by Green). Like the tellers of the sad stories,he takes on serious issues too: the oncoming battle for civilization, watching Aryan Nation videos on YouTube before bed (like you do!), people who are training themselves to live on a diet of nothing but ants. Tonights featured readers are David Goodwillie, Erika Recordon, Aryn Kyle, and Matthew Dickman. (We dont know whether any of them are junkies, but we dont think so). Music is provided by the Yellow Dress. The host is Mr. Rumpus himself, Stephen Elliott, who has been around the block and is always good for a story about that journey. Theres also a porn raffle. Were not sure what the prize is (A book? A DVD? A chance to launch your, um, acting career?) but its another good counterweight to those sad-ass junkie stories. You know. Everything in moderation. Or not.
Mon., April 11, 7 p.m., 2011