Literary Death Match kicked off its 2011 season here in Boston, well, Cambridge, at the Enormous Room in Central Square. The crowd in attendance was easily double that of last time, when Literary Death Match was in Boston in October 2010. The energy was high was the four writers battled for the LDM medal in front of three judges. Continue reading
The event will bring literary names such as Heidi Pitlor, the series editor of Best American Short Stories; 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize winner Myfanwy Collins; and humorist Christopher Monks (of The Ultimate Game Guide to Your Life).
Judging will be Boston Phoenix’s comedian of the year Mehran Khaghani, Broken Singles rock singer/guitarist Sarah Borges, and Grub Street‘s brilliant artistic director Chris Castellani (author of the award-winning The Saint of Lost Things).
I’m happy to report I’ve been chosen as the event’s official photographer. Continue reading
I don’t know if it was in the summer before he died in 1998, or if it was any other time he was sick before then, but I remember that one time my father and I went to the Rite Aid pharmacy in Houlton, Maine. We strolled up to the white counter in the back of the store to pick up a prescription, perhaps, for my dad. The pharmacist, a tall man stationed as his computer, asked my dad for his name, and my father answered in a grumbled, almost annoyed, voice: “Dankoski. Joseph.” Continue reading