Friday, June 29, 2007

Reading

I had fun last night joining other bloggers at a live reading put together by Leah Peterson at our local Tangier Lounge down on Hillhurst in Los Feliz. I found myself sitting at a table with fellow-blogger Deezee from Confessional Highway and Laura Viera Rigler, the author of a new novel, "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict," to be published in August by Dutton. There were about eight of us who read selections from our daily labors, and it was interesting, given the variety of tones and voices, to find a common thread: it is, I think, a confessional medium. It attracts those of us who are willing--even eager!--to expose a deep part of ourselves in the often trivial events of daily life. We usually hide behind our computers, because there's a part of us that's shy enough to want to remain anonymous, but we're drawn irresistibly to reveal ourselves in our weakest and most vulnerable moments as well as in our strength.

I'm short of time this morning. I have a final interview scheduled for my next "Art of Outrage" segment for Artscene Visual Radio, and the rest of the morning will be taken up with organizing all the sound files for editing next week. Then off to Idyllwild for a weekend at Painting's Edge, and a full week in our little cottage in Laguna Beach for the Fourth of July. I'll plan on doing some linking to my genial fellow-bloggers in the coming week. Thanks, meantime, to Leah and the blogging gang!

6 comments:

ByJane said...

There's something about the well-honed confession put on show for all to see...wish I had been there. Maybe next time.

Neil said...

Peter -- I love the fact that there were so many styles and types of material at the blog reading, showing the spectrum of writing out there. Our posts could not be any more different, but I truly enjoyed the passion and wit in your writing and I hope to read more of your work.

Deezee said...

Peter, It was very nice meeting you last night and I loved what you read. I'll be lurking around here from now on...

Laurie Viera Rigler said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Peter. Last night was a fascinating experience for me--watching a diverse group of bloggers emerge from the exposed anonymity of the blogosphere (talk about a contradiction in terms) to tell all to a live audience. (Where do these terms come from? Is there ever a dead audience?) Peter, I'm glad I met you, I truly enjoyed the pieces you read, and now I've got more to peruse here. I too wonder whether, as you say in another post, we are "stultifying the human brain" with all our electronic devices. (I still want an iPhone, though). I keep thinking about the "old suit" and especially the "death suit" you spoke of last night.

artlung said...

I really enjoyed your reading - hope you can make it out next time too!

JeSais said...

Great job! Nothing like a British accent to class up an open mic!
Audio coming soon....