Pussy Lips

Monday, November 7, 2011 8:52
Posted in category Creativity

While beer-guzzling patrons of San Francisco’s Edinburgh Castle Pub may have been aware of a vague rumble coming from above, they probably didn’t realize that, hidden within the wooden belly of the Scottish bar, lies a theatre space where some of the nation’s best authors have been showcasing their work to packed, raucous audiences.

With an insight that Hemingway would have appreciated, the Scot who manages the place, Allen, has always felt that readings would be better appreciated-and delivered-with a frothing Guinness in hand. Hence the success of “Pussy Lips,” a literature reading of women authors and benefit for the Breast Cancer Fund, last November.

From pornography to bra-shopping, gun practice to belly buttons, prominent authors such as Aimee Bender and Rachel Resnick read from their provocative books, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Go West Young F*ucked Up Chick.

In Bender’s story, “Fell This Girl,” she recounts the hilarious but sad musings of a woman through the course of her one-night stands, raising “fuck” to the status of a literary trope. Resnick, with a throaty, Orson Welles-style delivery, uses male and female perspective to narrate the story of a one-legged girl in “Girl on the Flying Trapeze.” In “Night and Day,”she describes a woman’s affair with a man off the street and its incendiary end.

In her humorous “The Collapsible World,” author Anne Moraino introduces us to a recently divorced woman who pastes images of Bill Clinton and Mike Tyson onto her targets at a shooting range; a duel with her male neighbor leads to insight.

Other talented authors on the scene were Cara Bruce, reading about a two-mouthed woman, and Susan Coss, who depicted a woman’s efforts to appreciate her body upon breaking from the pornography industry. A spectacular evening of wit, humor, and impact.

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