Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Saw Ashbery read at The New School last night. This was the first time I'd seen him. Whenever there's an Ashbery reading I usually hear about it only after it's over, and I heard about this one the morning of. Standing room only (though I got there in time to get a seat). A great, sunny room and probably a couple hundred people. Good sound system. He read some of his later stuff, including "Memories of Imperialism", a popular favorite. Then he read from his translation of Reverdy's Haunted House. If I were a different kind of person I would have stuck around to meet him and have him sign a book. Nice weather afterward as I walked to the subway.