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June 9, 2011 11:35 AM Subscribe
I'm going to be participating in this event
for the Brooklyn Public Library this weekend. What should I read?
posted by Sara C. to Writing & Language (11 answers total)
I've checked out a few past threads on reading aloud, but I figured this was special snowflakey enough to merit its own question (and I hope that wasn't a self-link; I'm not an organizer of the read-in, and I'll be one of dozens of participants).
I have a fifteen-minute time slot, on Sunday afternoon. This will be taking place on the steps of the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library - so very public and probably children present (though I haven't been given any specific warnings about content). I also imagine it'll be hot outside, and I should pick something that might not bore people absolutely to death.
I was asked what I'd like to read on the submission form, and I suggested a Flannery O'Connor short story ("Good Country People", to be specific). Now that it's really happening, I'm not so sure. I didn't do a page count or time it out or anything, just picked something along the lines of what I imagined might be fun to read.
The followup email confirming my time slot didn't say anything about my choice of what to read, and I'm not even sure that I have to read what I put down originally. Though I imagine that, with dozens of readers over 24 straight hours, there are some popular choices and they don't want everyone doing "Jabberwocky".
So what should I read? The O'Connor story? A different O'Connor story? A different short bit of clever southern-ness? Something totally different and much shorter? Is there anything I'm not thinking of, here?