And probably the last. Okay, this is probably a bad idea but John and I thought it was funny. I was reading out loud in the bathtub from Rebecca Loudon's collection Radish King, which she sent me in the mail (fun!) and I just got, and I joked that John should film me on his phone and so here we go. Rebecca, hope you don't mind. This is in celebration of you and was very spur-of-the. And I am totally ripping off Blake Butler's filming himself reading out loud from new books, and I say in this video that he doesn't read in the bathtub, but then I just googled "Blake Butler reading in the bathtub" and I guess he writes about that a lot, so perhaps he has videoed himself doing that, and so I never said I was original.
Also when I mention "Jenny" and "Johannes'" books I mean the two Tarpaulin Sky review copies I was sent, Johannes Goransson's entrance to a colonial pageant in which we all begin to intricate, and Jenny Boully's Not Merely Because of the Unknown That Was Stalking Toward Them.
There is a bit of sideboob shown here but not much and the intent of this video is for fun and to celebrate good writing and not to titillate. Also my face is bright red and splotchy because of the hot bath. And because at one point in the beginning I start blushing uncontrollably. And as you can see I got a haircut today. Although it's wet here, obviously. And my eyebrows at the end. Ha!
Although the idea of a Frances Farmer Bathtub Reading Series is really kind of terrible because of all of the hydrotherapy mental patients of Frances Farmer's time went through. Lots of time just sitting in bathtubs. Ohwell. Let's say this idea is HOMAGE to that.
We talk about writing from the body - but what about our body when we read? Where is it? What is it doing? How does it feel?