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    August 02, 2008



    i wrote a comment twice but my computer is acting ridiculous and neither went through.

    anyway, the gist is that if you have a chance to see geoffrey forsyth read, take it.

    i frequent readings all the time and honestly, more often than not, i find myself getting bored. it's hard for me to pay attention at readings and i'd usually rather read the author's work on the page.

    that being said, geoffrey gave one of the best readings i've ever attended. and it's not because he was the greatest orator, no he even rushed through some transitions between pieces, but it's because he was disarmingly sincere.

    he talked about his daughter inspiring him to write a story and he even shed a few tears before reading a story based on the passing of his wife, grandmother and father. trust me, it was 100% genuine (i pride myself on my bullshit detector) and refreshing to see someone who truly came across as loving what he was doing. it's so de rigueur for authors to try and be cool, detached, try too hard to be funny and it usually comes off awkward, the only ones laughing their friends and family. for once, it was refreshing to see someone wear his heart on his sleeve. truthfully, as much as a reader might love these stories i get the feeling that that admiration of the work is only a fraction of the love geoffrey feels for his own work. for the act of writing. i look forward to seeing his career develop. oh, and the chapbbook is beautifully put together by rose metal press.

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