There are so many reading series in NYC. So, I wasn’t surprised that I hadn’t yet heard of Fiction Addiction. I was speaking to the organizer and she said that the series has been around since May 2011. As one of the many who usually finds themselves bored at readings and generally, attends these events either as a reader or as a friend of one of the readers, the latter is what happened last night.
To my pleasant surprise, last night’s reading was highly enjoyable. There were four readers, each reading prose that was engaging and easy to follow (I have trouble when people read at me; I’m a visual learner). The problem with most readings is that the readers like to hear the sound of their own voices, but thankfully, there has been a trend in NYC for readers to limit their time to 5-10 minutes. Usually, when long-winded readers prevail, the audience gets antsy and the numbers dwindled to about half by the time the whole ordeal is over.
On a side-note, I was asked to participate in a 2 minute genre reading series. It was fantastic. It made the readers pay attention to time and also, prepare a little nugget of wonderful prose. All-in-all, it was an extremely fun experience . I’m glad these “abbreviated” series are becoming more popular. When you avoid the long-winded, the crowd is usually packed and in good spirits throughout the entire reading.
Besides the quality of the readers, what made Fiction Addiction stand out was the fact that they hold the readings in the second floor lounge of 2A, with the walls mostly consisting of glass windows that face the streets. Outside of the wall of north windows, you can see where they project the entire reading on the side of the building across the street. You can see the pedestrians below stop and figure out what’s going. However, the readers were taken aback at first when they noticed their faces being beamed onto the side of a four-story building.
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