Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Unbearables Big Book of Sex at Yippie Café, Dec. 12, 2011


Jennifer Blowdryer before the reading
Zoe Hansen before the reading
Monday night, December 12, at the Yippie Museum Café, the Unbearables (their website is temporarily down while it is being moved and reconstructed in a new, even more unbearable fashion) had a reading. It was great, among the best readings I’ve been to in recent years.

Joanne Pagano
Zoe, Anne Hanavan, Jennifer
The Unbearables Big Book of Sex is published. Among the writers and artists represented are woman who know whereof they write: they lived and they are alive. Their lives demand to be probed, analyzed and reviewed, dragged out and put on a display of lives examined, put into both past and present, frightening and fertile, fecund and forgotten, the underside of the underside, the next thing, exploring territory that nice, middle-aged, middle-class people just don’t know about.

Anne Hanavan before the reading
As readers, they are experienced, and their ability to project their experience into their writing and into their reading of their writing is powerful stuff. They know that they have lived The Life. The question is: do we want to know? The answer is: it doesn’t matter whether or not we want to, knowing is important.  We ask: can we imagine ourselves in the place and time of these stories? The answer is: we live our lives, and there should be no regrets, no apologies for the decisions that were thrust on us. If at one time or another we did things we wouldn’t do now, should we apologize or accept that what we did was the needful thing? I don’t know. I know that the five stories read by five women four of whom wrote them, the fifth standing in for an absent friend, were suffused with the aroma of a reality that we might not know but we know is out there, being lived every day by men and women.

Zoe Hansen
Zoe Hansen
The stories were of domination, of submission, of passion and cold calculation. These are strong women, survivors, capable of going beyond the moment and into eternity. What church will shelter them? They are sisters of mercy, sisters in sin, and they are redeemed by both mercy and sin. I don’t know if, reading the work they wrote, I can hear it now with any voice but theirs. Brilliance is a blinding thing.

Zoe Hansen
In order, the readers were Zoe Hansen, Kathe Burkhart, Jennifer Blowdryer, Anne Hanavan and Joanne Pagano reading a piece by Tsaurah Litzky. Jim Feast introduced them, and in the doing, revealed to us that something was going on when they should’ve been writing.

The last thing I want to say is I’m glad I was able to salvage the photos. I was having some problems with the lighting and my flash was acting erratically when it was working. Somehow, in their grainy, ill-lit way, they complement the reading. 

If you click on a photo it will display full sized.

Kathe Burkhart



Kathe Burkhart






Kathe Burkhart
Jennifer Blowdryer

Jennifer Blowdryer

Anne Hannavan
Anne Hannavan


Anne Hannavan

Joanne Pagano


Joanne Pagano
Joanne Pagano


Joanne Pagano and Jim Feast
The Unbearables Salute
For those who’ve made it this far, a little treat. Aron Kay - The Pieman, was in the audience.


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