Reading (and Typing) in Public
May 14, 2010 12:35 PM   Subscribe

Last August (2009), the "ephemeral artists" of Nothing Happened Here staged a mobile public reading event, meandering around the town of San Luis Obispo, CA with The Reading Chair, and a group of folks reading a variety of stories, poems and tales. The group has planned Typing in Public to take place tomorrow (May 15, 2010), in the same little town. The event is primarily focused on people writing on typewriters around town, but people can also share comments via Twitter, Flickr, or texting the event coordinators. To spark some inspiration, the group has received submissions from a variety of people, including Gerald Casale for Devo, Paul Frommer writing in Na'vi (with translation to English), Dr. James J. Duderstadt, President Emeritus, University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, writing on the library as the poster child of the it revolution, and plenty more.

The list of Contributors & Volunteers on the left side of the group's website links to individual posts, and some people have continued the stories from the initial posts in the comments. The site also has a story in many parts, written in rounds by a number of kids, both locals and not.

An earlier project to spread the love of public reading worldwide is the Flickr gallery of photos from around the world, which possibly inspired this similar LA Times blog post: Reading around the world, in photos.
posted by filthy light thief (8 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
For full disclosure, this is happening in my little town, but I'm not involved in any way, shape, or form.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:36 PM on May 14, 2010

Neither am I, flt, but if you hadn't posted this interesting little event, I would have. The greatest obstacle to Reading In Public events spreading all over is probably its unfortunate acronym - RIP.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:04 PM on May 14, 2010

The greatest obstacle to Reading In Public events spreading all over is probably its unfortunate acronym - RIP.

Indeed - Looking on their site, I keep thinking their open book agreement is no more because the link is "RIP Open Book Agreement."
posted by filthy light thief at 2:06 PM on May 14, 2010

Derail: the R.I.P. site had a link to a New York Times travel article about San Luis Obispo from exactly a year ago which I hadn't seen before. It's a refreshingly unusual piece, since it does NOT have a single word about the Madonna Inn (and its Mens Room) or Bubblegum Alley. (Also, more about Olive Oils than Wines? Sacrilege! Everyone knows Broccoli is our #2 agricultural product.)
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:19 PM on May 14, 2010

A total derail, but thanks for that link oneswellfoop. I'm born-and-raised in San Luis Obispo (albeit in exile lo this many years) and am heading back for a week this summer ... and had no idea about the olive oil! If there are exciting developments along the cheese and sausage line, that would add to the bliss. Something to bring to that Cuesta Canyon barbecue.

(My exile has taught me a sure-fire to tell true baseball fans from all other persons -- the true ones, when hearing I grew up in SLO, ask me about Ozzie Smith, while all others ask about the Madonna Inn. The irony being that I have nothing to say about Ozzie, while Alex Madonna was on my paper route and I have lots to say about his crazy house and all of his Cadillacs.)
posted by MattD at 5:12 PM on May 14, 2010

That's my landlords dog Lucy, famous for her gratuitous smile.
posted by hortense at 7:45 PM on May 14, 2010

Hey, I live here too!
Cal Poly reporting in. Probably dropping out though, haha.
posted by mafted jacksie at 10:35 PM on May 14, 2010

This is starting to look a little too much like a San Luis Obispo meetup thread (with the wrong color background), but we definitely need to do one, maybe when MattD comes to visit... we'll call it MetaFiltering in Public.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:11 AM on May 15, 2010

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