What Had Happened Was...

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Have we had enough of the realistic novel? Millhauser thinks that “the argument has already been made” insofar as anytime someone reads a book that is outside of their time and experience, the chances of them becoming impatient with the previous generation are high. Millhauser posits that the impatience a writer might have with the conventions of the previous generation often pushes writing toward the fantastic. Stern doesn’t think that fantastic fiction is so much a response to overly realistic novels, but instead that overly realistic novels are the “blip” because most major works from ancient mythology to the Bible are full of fantastic elements. In the grand tradition of storytelling then, Stern feels realistic fiction is actually a relatively new development.
(via Genre in the Mainstream: Millhauser, Straub, and Stern Discuss Why the Fantastic is More Real than Real | Tor.com)
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Tonight: Hanas, Jade and Open Mic

 

Wednesday, July 6th @ 7pm, it’s the third edition of “What Had Happened Was…” with two special guests, an open mic, and 2-for-1 drinks!

JIM HANAS is the author of the short story collection Why They Cried, which is now available as a Joyland eBook from ECW Press. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including McSweeney’sOne StorySlate, and the New York Post. He is the co-curator of the Brooklyn-based “useless lecture series” Adult Education and though he resides in Brooklyn, he lives online at jimhanas.com.

ISOBELLA JADE is best known as the petite model who wrote her memoir “Almost 5’4”” at the Apple store. Also she is the author of a graphic novel called, “Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior,” and a collection of short stories called, “Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model.”  She is currently writing a YA book series and a screenplay, and has been hosting her own podcast radio show since 2007 and blogs daily at Petitemodelingtips.com. She believes best thing a person can discover is themselves.

STORYTELLERS’ OPEN MIC: Three slots, five minutes; first-come, first-served. Sign up at 6:30pm and share your best story with us. Or, share it here and we might post it.

HOSTED BY: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez and Syreeta McFadden

116 MacDougal
116 MacDougal Street, NYC

doors open at 6:30pm
showtime is 7:00-9:00pm
party ‘til 10:00pmish…

no cover + delicious 2-4-1 drinks!

If you’re not in NYC, watch the livestream!

"What Had Happened Was…" video from 6/1/11 via Ustream.tv, featuring Jason Helm, Rohin Guha, Kate Rados, Syreeta McFadden and Guy LeCharles Gonzalez.

Writing teachers and critics frequently point out that having a story begin with a character waking up in the morning is sloppy storytelling. And yet, every once and awhile, a cliché like this works so perfectly that you don’t even notice. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind opens with Joel (Jim Carrey) waking up in bed. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman gets away with this and nearly everything else in this film because of one simple conceit: he’s asking us to just go with it, but doesn’t make any promises he’s going to explain anything. Kaufman isn’t too concerned with making us think. He’s more about getting us to relate.
(via tor.com)

Tonight: Helm, Guha and Open Mic

Wednesday, June 1st @ 7pm, it’s the second edition of “What Had Happened Was…" with two special guests, an open mic, and some other surprises TBA!

116 MacDougal

116 MacDougal Street, NYC

doors open at 6:30pm
showtime is 7:00-9:00pm
party ‘til 10:00pmish…

no cover + delicious 2-4-1 drinks!

JASON HELM studied French Language and Literature at the University of Minnesota, and received a Masters in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. He is currently shopping his first novel, EXPOSURE, as well as teaching writing workshops and a craft theory course called Hyperrealism at Pratt Institute. Jason hails from Iowa, is a compulsive truth teller and has a piscean fascination with all things sight-hound.

ROHIN GUHA is a fiction writer who left Michigan for New York nearly five years ago. His first collection of short stories, ‘Relief Work’ came out last December through Birds of Lace. He has written for a boatload of other places too, some which you’ve heard of, but he sees no point in mentioning those because, honestly? The only work of his you should be concerned with at the moment is ‘Relief Work.’

STORYTELLERS’ OPEN MIC: Three slots, five minutes; first-come, first-served. Sign up at 6:30pm and share your best story with us. Or, share it here and we might post it.

HOSTED BY: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez and Syreeta McFadden

If you’re not in NYC, watch the livestream!