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[marginalia] On Readings : : Mark Polanzak

In this third installment of three articles, draft editor Mark Polanzak talks about why literary readings suck and how to make them better.

The three occurrences that most riveted the crowd at the last three readings I attended:

1) At Q & A time, a man was called on who said: “I’ve never heard of the book, and I missed your reading, but I’ve just looked at the back of your novel here, and, jeez, you must be amazing, man.” To which the reader/author had to sort of respond to the obviously indigent and hammered bookstore patron with an awkward, “Thank you.” Everyone in the crowd whispered and shuffled around.
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