We waded into the world of the Happy Ending reading series when Vampire Weekend joined some outstanding authors in the evening’s theme of “taking a public risk.” (VW obliged by trading instruments and covering Tom Petty’s “Walls” while trying to have everyone sing along.) This month’s installment is promising, too, in that it is curated by our friend Alec Bemis, and features one of our favorite wordsmiths working: our very own Brandon Stosuy.
The event takes place next Wednesday 8/5 at Joe’s Pub at 7PM. The music portion will provide music from two Brassland-affiliated music artists: winds player Colin Stetson, and experimental Brooklyn duo Buke & Gass. In addition, there will be readings by Rachel Cohen and Lawrence Weschler — whose bios you can read here — and of course Brandon, whose way with words you should be fairly well acquainted with by now. Lawrence will read from from his work on the visual artists David Hockney and Robert Irwin; Rachel will offer passages from her book A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists; and Mr. Stosuy will present pages from his in-progress oral history of American black metal. With authority.
Tickets are $15 and available here. That’s a pic of Alec with Sufjan’s crew from a past installment of the series, dressed for a normal day of life. If we’re lucky Brandon will wear his pirate outfit, too.