Friday, April 18, 2008

There's a multi-tasking mime coming to a bookstore near you...

Miss Prothero's Books will host Kathy Fish on May 2. No, she is not a multi-tasking mime. Nor is she the next Stanley Kubrick, the indexer with a migraine, the little girl sent to the closet for eating glue, or the scarecrow named Prue. She is a master of the short, short story. She created all of the above characters and brought their rich complications to her chapbook Laughter, Applause, Laughter, Music (one of 4 chapbooks collected in A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness, Rose Metal Press, 2008). Well, she didn't create a multi-tasking mime. That would have been something. In her story "Unanimous", Fish makes it abundantly clear that mimes are anathema to multi-tasking. (Just imagine Marcel Marceau performing while talking on a cell phone.)

I'm looking forward to Fish's reading. I'm sure there will be laughter, applause, laughter, music after it's all over. Well, maybe not music. Unless there's a mime in the audience who wants to hum a few bars of movie music.

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