THE OTHER NIGHT AT QUINN'S
Mike Faloon, author of The Other Night at Quinn's, Mike Fournier, author of Swing State, journalist, blogger and novelist Fred Wright and writer/educator Ben Stein will be at Mac's on Saturday, July 21st at 7 p.m.
Don’t let The Other Night at Quinn’s: New Adventures in the Sonic Underground scare you. Yes, it’s a creative non-fiction collection about the explosive uncertainty of free jazz in a diner-turned-club in upstate NY. But you didn’t have to do mounds of coke and wreck Italian sports cars to be riveted by Neil Strauss’ Mötley Crüe tell-all, The Dirt. You didn’t need to live in a rat-infested apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to be swept up in Legs McNeil’s oral punk history Please Kill Me.
And you don’t need to embrace the steep wall and seeming chaos of improvised music to enjoy Mike Faloon’s The Other Night at Quinn’s. Like the best of Ali Smith, David Shields, and Mary Roach, it’s not just the topic. It’s your guide. It’s Faloon’s approach of deep immersion and careful listening. His wit, openness, and sympathy for whom he’s writing about. His absorption of audio pandemonium, filtered through a buzzing membrane, and translated into text as propulsive and vibrant as the music itself.
Mike Faloon is your guide throughout The Other Night at Quinn’s, a fascinating window into a community of creators surviving beyond the mainstream in an otherwise overlooked outpost of the cultural underground that cuts across distinctions of culture, gender, race, age, and genre. The Other Night at Quinn’s is a circuitous anatomy of a scene where initially opaque and elliptical experiences are transformed into the rewards of deeper understanding and humanity.
Mike Faloon is a former DJ, dishwasher, and drummer. He is the author of The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock and co-editor of Fan Interference. Faloon co-founded the Go Metric and Zisk zines and has contributed to Cabildo Quarterly, Cashiers du Cinemart, Razorcake, Submerging Writers, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He has toured often in the past decade, with stops at the UCB Theatre and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Faloon lives in upstate New York.
Michael T. Fournier is the author of Double Nickels on the Dime (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2007), Hidden Wheel (Three Rooms Press, 2011) and Swing State (Three Rooms Press, 2014).
His writing has appeared in Razorcake --America's only non-profit punk magazine -- as well as Pitchfork, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Vice, Electric Literature, Oxford American, Boston Globe and more. Mike is the publisher and fiction editor of Cabildo Quarterly, a broadsheet literary journal co-edited by poet Lisa Panepinto. He's the drummer and main songwriter for Dead Trend.
Fred Wright has written for numerous journals including Scene Magazine and also blogs and writes for comics, ezines and zines such as Fightin' Fun Comics, God Metric!, Zine World and his own SMASH and drinkdrankdrunk. His novel Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus is a humorous look at the life of a hapless garage rock band, his second novel Blog Love Omega Glee pokes fun at the notion that the world will end on a specific predicted date, and his third novel, Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead takes life after death and turns it into laugh after death.