November 3, 2014 by JImbo
This is what scares me about being an “author”…. being around other “authors” too much. Thankfully I am truly awesome at being a blue collar hermit when it comes to literature. Its like a secret super hero disguise. Put on boots and blue jeans and an old Carhartt jacket and youre golden.
That and not living anywhere the cesspool of humanity that we call cities. That helps a lot.
Ive been reading a lot of Thomas Jefferson lately if thats not obvious by the last line…
We’ve all cringed that cringe. We’ve all felt I’m so sorry this happened to you, but maybe a roomful of strangers about to go eat dubious cheese cubes together is not the place. We’ve all thought, Can’t I just read this in your book, you know…later? We’ve all walked up after the reading and said, “Wow, that was so brave!”
And sometimes we’ve been that author. Possibly oblivious, possibly aware that suddenly the room has gone quiet in a not-good way and only our workshop leader is making supportive, professional eye contact.
But sometimes, that’s the piece you’ve gotta read.
So how can an author approach “difficult material” in a public reading, in a way…
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