Swoon!: The Recital
Housing Works’ Bookstore Café (126 Crosby St., Manhattan)

Back in the day, people used to have to memorize texts for school, to keep a few lines of prose or poetry in their hearts at all times, easily accessible in any situation. This practice has mostly gone to the wayside–no longer do whole classrooms of miserable schoolchildren have to recite “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by heart–but it begs the question: what text would you choose to burn into your brain if you could choose anything at all?

The Recital is a new literary series where we want you to answer that question. Writers and performers will each recite a 1–3 minute piece of their choice. The only real rule is that the memorized text cannot be their own; otherwise, anything goes.

Hosted by Rachel Syme and Maris Kreizman. With:

Ryan Chapman
Caleb Crain
A.N. Devers
Jason Diamond
Gaby Dunn
Rachel Fershleiser
Bobby Finger
Jesse David Fox
David Gutowski
Gabriel Kahane
Beth Edwards Kapsner
Michelle Legro
Lauren Leto
Matthew Love
Rita Meade
Joanna Smith Rakoff
Rachel Shukert
Brendan Jay Sullivan
Lindsey Weber
Adam Wilson

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