The Hinge, in conjunction with The Casbah, announces Mixtape Readings
A reading featuring the works of Lydia Davis, Albert Camus, Charles Mingus, and Yusef Komunyakaa?
Plus, did we mention a short film—“When Walt Witman Was a Little Girl”—created by Jim Haverkamp will be shown?
Yeah, that’s Mixtape Readings.
Local cultural mavens—this month those mavens are Misha Angrist and Howard L. Craft— read selections from their personal desert island bookshelves in this multi-disciplinary series. They’ll share the texts that changed them, that they love, and that they want to shout from the mountaintop. You’ll come away with your mind on fire and a reading list to keep it aflame.
Where/When: Tuesday, May 22, 8pm, The Casbah, 1007 Main St., Durham
This is a free event. Let us know you are coming by RSVPing on Facebook.
MISHA ANGRIST’s book Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics (Harper) tells the true tale of getting his genome sequenced and then making it public—with plenty of rumination about society and policy along the way. Angrist has an MFA in writing and literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous literary journals. He teaches at Duke and lives in Durham.
HOWARD L. CRAFT’s play Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1: The Super Spectacular Bad Ass Herald M.F. Jones—the first installment of the first African American superhero radio serial, The Jade City Pharaoh—recently rocked Manbites Dog Theater audiences. Craft’s other plays include The Vet Who Lived Underground: Dispatches from Beneath the Map and Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders. His poetry collection Across The Blue Chasm is published by Big Drum Press. Craft lives in Durham with his wife and son.
“When Walt Whitman Was a Little Girl.” (Short Film)
Not your typical History Channel biography, “When Walt Whitman Was a Little Girl” tells the startling, unuttered truth about America’s good gray poet. Starting out as an ordinary nine-year-old girl, Walt is soon catapulted into the world with all her senses ablaze, and neither will ever be the same.
Based on a prose poem by M.C. Biegner, the film mixes drama, dance, puppetry, and oddball humor to portray the world through the eyes of a ‘sensitive kid.’ Walt awakens to the mysteries and wonder of nature, leaves her home to seek fame and adventure, is plunged into the horror of war, and finally begins to understand the unspoken poetry of childhood.