“Such are the perfections of fiction...Everything it teaches is useless insofar as structuring your life: you can’t prop up anything with fiction. It, in fact, teaches you just that. That in order to attempt to employ its specific wisdom is a sign of madness...There is more profit in an hour’s talk with Billy Graham than in a reading of Joyce. Graham might conceivably make you sick, so that you might move, go somewhere to get well. But Joyce just sends you out into the street, where the world goes on, solid as a bus. If you met Joyce and said 'Help me,' he’d hand you a copy of Finnegans Wake. You could both cry.” – Gilbert Sorrentino, Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things


Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm Reading at the Big Issue Fiction Edition Launch

I'll be reading at the launch of the Big Issue Fiction Edition at Readings in Carlton this Wednesday, July 21st, 2010. The launch starts at 6:30; details are here.

The issue will be launched by Shane Maloney, and will also feature a reading by Sam Rutter. The issue also contains work by Michel Faber, Toni Jordan, Christos Tsiolkas and many others, so it's well worth checking out. Hope to see you there!

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