October 25, 2007
So bear with us, folks. We’re just going through the photos of the last Bardroom and, well, let’s just say there’s a bit of room for improvement. Frankly, we need to make sure the photographer at our next event is a teetotaler. But anyway …
David A. Hill (not to be confused with Bardroom founder David Hill) got us off to a ripping start with a gripping tale of adultery and urban legends.
Adam LeBor spun a mesmerizing historical tale of Arab and Jewish families in the Palestinian (Israeli) city of Jaffa.
Good lord, how do we describe this? Jeff Taylor tied together homosexuality, the Catholic Church and the Greek origins of Western culture in his updated lecture entitled “The Michelangelo Code II.”
Marc Nasdor’s poetry … what adjectives come to mind? Relentless, zany, inventive. The man has a knack for combining words and phrases in a completely nonsensical but intuitively obvious way that had us literally gasping for air.
The cool thing about writing a blog like this is you can post photos of your girlfriend and daughter in a completely shameless manner. Anyway, thanks to the Nyittot Muhely for hosting the event. Credit also to Jeff Morsman and Gabor Mandy who regaled us at the open mike. See you all again in December!
October 16, 2007
One important feature of the Bardroom is our fabulous quiz questions. Since we’re having so much fun with this blog, we figured why not offer these questions to you’all online. Who knows, maybe Google likes that too …
Q: Who was the first English King of Ireland?
A: Henry VIII
Q: What does ETA stand for, and what’s their flag?
“Basque Homeland and Freedom”; axe with snake coiled around it. (For some odd reason, nobody could come up with the Basque-language name, so this question was disqualified.)
Q: Why are Buddhist monks holding their begging bowls upside down during the Burma protests?
A: So that soldiers, traditionally proud of their good relations with monks,
cannot give them alms and thus perform good deeds.
Q: What city was the primary victim of the 4th Crusade?
Bonus Questions (must answer both): what was the single greatest piece of booty that would subsequently be removed from Constantinople, and where did it go:
A: Crown of Thorns, to Sainte Chappelle in Paris.
Q: What was the name that Vienna’s turn of the century Christian Socialist Mayor used for Budapest?
October 15, 2007
Bardroom founder, David Hill (not to be confused with recent writing competition winner, David A. Hill) wrote to inform us that Olen Steinhauer’s latest novel, The Tourist, has just been optioned by Warner Brothers. Olen read for the Bardroom in March 2006.
Olen posted this news to Contemporary Nomad, a blog he shares with three other writers:
“[A]s of late last week, my life and career changed in a way that I never could have predicted. First, came some great news from my industrious agent, Stephanie Cabot, that Heyne, the German publisher, was making a very handsome pre-empt on the manuscript I finished in July, The Tourist.
“Two days later, though, I was no longer beside myself, but above myself. Again, Stephanie was the bringer of news: Warner Bros would be optioning The Tourist, with the plan for it to involve…George Clooney.
On top of that, Olen and his girlfriend are expecting a baby this Winter. All we can say to all this is … congratulations!
October 15, 2007
The winner of last night’s Bardroom writing competition was David A. Hill (not to be confused with Bardroom founder, David Hill). At the end of the evening, David suggested we post the winning exercise to the blog, an idea we found to be excellent.
The assignment was to write a poem, essay or statement inciting the assembled Bardroom collective to rebellion …
We don’t like them, they don’t like us.
We smell of shit, they look like pus.
We wanted peace, they made a fuss.
We dealt in truth, they offered sus.
So here we are, diametrically opposed,
so here we are, our values all deposed,
so here we are, our disrespect supposed,
so here we are, where we’re going no-one knows.
David A. Hill
October 11, 2007
Marc Nasdor is a poet, musician and world music DJ. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and has performed in France, Germany, Denmark and Hungary. A number of his poems have been published in translation in Hungarian, German and Spanish. His first manuscript, Treni in Partenza, was published in 1988 (Temblor 7). Sonnetalia is its sequel. He has also directed international arts organizations including the Committee for International Poetry, in the 1980s and 1990s, a group focusing on multilingual literary activity in New York, and is currently a Director of Alma On Dobbin, a Central European-American arts exchange. Marc will be reading at the Bardroom this coming Sunday, October 14.
1. What was your first (poem / piece of writing), and how bad was it?
“A take-off on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” It was pretty damn
good for a 12-year-old.”
2. Please define irony.
“There is no such thing as irony.”
3. What’s the last thing you read that made your hair stand up on end?
“The court transcripts of my boss’s divorce proceedings.”
4. What’s the last piece of literature that made you cry?
“The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.”
5. Did you ever get laid because something you wrote?
“Yes, but only once.”