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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Extreme Snoozing, Part 2

(see Part 1 here)

Meet Evan, Last of the Beat Generation. He has been writing since he was a child and recently was the featured guest at a poetry reading at Barnes and Noble Books in the Village, which is where I took this photo. You can see Evan reading his work in my video.

From an early age, Evan's peers applauded his writing talents. By age 15, Evan was taking a serious interest in poetry, writing and reading voraciously at the New York Public Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

Evan was born in Manhattan in 1949. His father was a well-known vaudevillian. His family wintered in the Lower East Side and summered in Coney Island - in bungalows and at the Crystal Hotel, of which he has very strong memories. It was this early experience that still draws him to the beaches of Brooklyn, which he finds to be such special places. He moved to Brighton Beach in 1979 and has lived there since. Evan not only loves walks on the boardwalk but is also a winter ocean swimmer and was involved with the now-defunct Iceberg Athletic Club.

Evan and his peers read their work at the recent event at Barnes and Noble. Being the featured guest, Evan read three times. Poetry is not the biggest draw, and although the reading was well-attended, it appeared that most of the audience were writers and knew each other. In the case of poetry, preaching to the choir comes highly recommended, lest we induce Extreme Snoozing :)

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