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:
Jesse David Fox
Beth Edwards Kapsner
Joanna Smith Rakoff
Brendan Jay Sullivan