W: It's 4 p.m. CST and we're on I-74 in a white
'98 Dodge Neon with Colorado plates heading approximately east at 76
We're going to Cincinnati to find Dirk.
The mood is nervous but positive. I am aware that this trip will destroy
me financially if not physiologically.
S: So, this going to be Unknown reading number what? tenth? eleventh?
This time we're going to read to Norwegians.
W: I think there's only going to be one Norwegian there, but I'm sure
that all these hypertext celebrities will have an entourage of fabulous
people to hold their coattails and plug their laptops into the projectors.
As to how many readings, let's see:
Mike's House, Labor Day, 1998. Then there
was the first performance on From Bard to Verse, an hour-long interactive
radio reading in which Carl Estabrook, the host, chose the links. Sadly
unrecorded. We alluded to The Unknown and read two scenes of
it on that
same show a couple of months later, at which time The Unknown had
been shortlisted in the trAce/Alt-x competition. We
gave a reading at the University of Cincinnati. Then two readings
at Brown, one at Albany,
Priceless Books in Urbana, and Illinois State University, all in
April / early May 1999. Our next reading was at Jean's Tavern in Chicago.
Then at Coe College in Iowa, the Harold Washington
library in Chicago, then there was a Newspoetry reading, and we
again on From Bard to Verse and interviewed
ourselves and read some scenes. Now we are driving to Atlanta. Counting
2 out of 3 radio appearances, that makes this number 13 . . . and it's Halloween
I should have read my horoscope. This seems ill-fated, indeed.
W: Scott, is 13 an unlucky number
in Norway? And do they have Halloween there?
S: No. I don't know. They don't have Halloween in England. Or they
do but I think it's just a drinking holiday. When's the Mexican Day of
W: I don't know. All Hallow's Eve.
S: All Saints Day.
[William turns up the radio—we handpicked
a box of cassettes
which we forgot—it's The Who's Baba O'Reilly
It will have to serve.]
William and Scott talk to the Marriott Bartender 1: Atlanta
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