I arrived late to last night’s Swink launch party. I wish I could say that’s unusual. It’s not. One friend sends out invitations in both actual time and “MNST,” which is a half hour earlier. I need the thirty minutes to fumble around with my bags and drop things and go back to my office twelve times for all the stuff I’ve forgotten.
Among the readings I missed was Amanda Stern‘s. I tried to see her read once before, at the debut of the Happy Ending series, but arrived late then, too.
Last night I did manage to see half of the readers, including Jonathan Ames, Daniel AlarcÃ³n, Nelly Reifler and David Hollander. I’d seen all but AlarcÃ³n read before. They put in excellent performances, although a handful of glossy-lipped socialites standing near my friend and me were rude and noisy while AlarcÃ³n read. It was hard to hear him.
If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you know I’m going to say Ames’ reading was the highlight. Well, it was. See him read, if you haven’t, before he gets too famous.
As I slipped off to take the train back to BFE Brooklyn, I found out that the story I submitted in February has been accepted for Swink‘s debut web issue. You know your writing is better than mine, right? So submit your story today.