With a major work deadline over, I was ready for some beers (and also a hearting stoppingly, delicious but oh so horrible hot dog drenched in bacon and cheese, topped with onion rings wtf?!). I got to Franklin Park early, mainly to get a seat but it also gave me time to proof-read a story I was sending out to my workshop group.
This was a fine plan until JoAnn and her friend, Ryan, arrived and we realized they were playing Battle of the Network Stars from the 80s on the TV. We got distracted by Scott Baio and Tom Selleck running around in shorty short and ladies with amazing feathered hairstyles that got screwed up once they fell into the dunking tank.
But then the TV was shut off and we turned our attention to the readers on stage for shorts of the literary kind (short fiction, poetry and the like). I recognized Eric Nelson from last month’s Sycamore Stories and felt that familiar sense of “it’s a small NYC literary world” (and later on this month I'd recognize a Franklin Park regular crowd member at Sycamore).
During one of the breaks, Ryan from Electric Literature came over to chat with JoAnn, Ryan and I. The two Ryans got on well and we all shared some good sarcastic banter. I had seen Electric Ryan at the other Franklin Park readings and I was intimidated by his fantastic Mystery Train hairstyle, but he was super friendly and personable and took our picture for his review. He summed up the night nicer that I could have. (Photo by Ryan Chang)