Just got back from Quimby’s, the best darn book store around, where I attended the Cinco De Awesome event with readings by J. Bradley, Ben Tanzer, James Tadd Adcox, and Brandon Will. Everyone was top notch in their own manner: Ben Tanzer told the audience why he hates them, in a loving manner; Brandon Will illuminated time travel, along with the importance of pop culture; James Tadd BADCOX (as I call him) read short stories from his upcoming encyclopedia-like book, which were brief in a way that made the prose almost expand, their quality was not lacking despite their small size; and J. Bradley was both weird and entertaining, he has quite the knack for naming books, you might want to check out The Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You is a Robot.
J. Bradley also read at Encyclopedia Show last night, which I also attended because I’m a social butterfly, dammit. He was good in that too, reading about the Skeksis from Dark Crystal. Not being the biggest Dark Crystal fan, I can easily say his story about marriage, love, and weird skeleton birds was better than the movie. I do dig Labyrinth though. Everyone in Encyclopedia Show was great last night. I particularly liked Annie Kincade’s piece on the kakapo, she pulled off a real official voice, as if she were qualified to speak in some sort of professional manner on birds and history and un-important junk like that, while being very inaccurate, which is how you do it when you go on the ES. Oh yeah, and she was funny. Shanny Jean was also darling as she read about mass turkey death, and the absolutely… polarizing… Jilted Emily Rose said cock more times than anyone else I can think of… that day.
Possibly, maybe, kind of what J. Bradley might look like: