Bushwick Book Club brings out the JW in me
Pineapple Ice for tonight’s Bushwick Book Club show co-hosted by Chris Gethard, the author of A Bad Idea I’m About To Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgement and StunninglyAwkward Adventure. It really is an adventure. The stories include pro-wrestling misshaps, Mr. Gadget, the police, mistaken virginity, uncontrollable rage and much, much more. I’ve felt a little bit like a Jehovah’s Witness about this book. But I kind of feel that way a lot when it comes to The Bushwick Book Club. My mother became a JW around 1986, because the religion has a lot of rules and requires diligent study (my mother loves research and homework). I could never relate to this, because as far as I could see, this religion was one of the surest ways not to have any fun at all.
But now, I see that the apple does not fall far from the tree. I do this monthly nerdy thing that requires study. I carry this book with me everywhere I go all month; I underline passages of it, dog-ear favorite pages, talk about it with others who are also reading the book. I have extra copies that I pass onto others. Sometimes I meet them on the street. Sometimes they come to my house. I fall asleep on the train thinking about it. I wake up in the middle of the night hearing song ideas. I consider myself lucky if I hear inspiration from the book after a few glasses of wine, but this cannot be counted on. And I speak in tongues. Okay, that’s just my usual gibberish. And when I meet other people who don’t know about the Book Club, I get really excited talking to them about it. I can’t help it. Sometimes they get it, but sometimes they don’t, and I can see them slowly stepping away, wondering how to get out of this conversation. I, of course, can’t understand why they wouldn’t be delighted by the prospect of monthly brand new original songs about a book. I mean, come on… brand new songs.. about books. AAAahahahahaahaaa…
The show is TONIGHT at Goodbye Blue Monday, 8:30pm. Chris said he’d be there to co-host! You can ask him questions about White Magic and Koozo and eat a coconut milk-based pineapple ice that I made last night. Sweetened with agave… and Jehovah. Just kidding.
TONIGHT, March 22nd, 8:30pm
Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway (JMZ to Myrtle or J to Kosciusko)
ph: 718 453 6343
Songwriters: Buffie Roseanne, Jonathan Mann, Kristin Sedivec, Maria Sonevytsky, Memo Salazar, Nicole Tourtelot, Sarah Pappalardo, Susan Hwang, Sweet Soubrette and Zane Van Dusen! Emily Einhorn special guest!Share
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