October 10, 2002
by Jim Sullivan
we're not a little rowdy, we might as well be in a bookstore,"
said writer-musician Jen Trynin, introducing Earfull 3, the first
author reading-and-music event of the season at the Kendall Cafe in
Cambridge Tuesday night. Bit of a joke there. Trynin - a copromoter
along with her husband Mike Denneen of Q Division Studios and
Tim Huggins of Newtonville Books - has merged live music and
author readings in this series at the intimate club. The notion, she
added, was "to smart-up the rock 'n' roll crowd and cool-up the
was packed and steamy by 8:30. As it happened, we dined earlier with
the charming New York-born and Iowa-based writer Thisbe Nissen,
who was first up, reading a short story "Out of the Girls Room
and Into the Night." The author of the recent novel "The Good
People of New York" dined on veggies, sipped beer and nearly plopped
coleslaw down her cleavage. Sussing out the club ambience, she sighed,
"I wish I had something sexier to read."
- her story was sexy, funny, and a little creepy, as it involved a high
school chemistry teacher and his obsession with a sweet young thing.
Singer-guitarist Christian McNeill, of the band HyBrasil, followed
with an acoustic set, and gave way to the evening's main attraction,
Dennis Lehane, the Boston author of "Mystic River."
chose an unpublished short story he'd just completed, "Until Gwen."
He scored a touchdown. Written in the second person, the story revolved
around a father-son criminal combo, the son having just been released
from prison after hiding a huge heisted diamond somewhere he just couldn't
seem to recall. The father, a scam artist by trade, nobly procures a
hooker and cocaine for the son's release party - this does not work
out so well.
- featuring ex-Morphine guys Billy Conway and Dana Colley
and ex-Face to Face singer Laurie Sargent - followed with a smoky,
sultry and little spooky set of music. The band made its debut at one
of last year's Earfulls.
hosts this Tuesday's Earfull. Reading are Jennifers, Egan and Belle.
Playing music is the band Hem and Aaron Lippert from Godboxer. Four
consecutive Tuesday night Earfull gigs follow.
fans: The only guarantee you'll get in - to say nothing of getting a
seat - is to book a table for 8 p.m. and buy dinner. And, trust us,
the dinner complements the evening very nicely.
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