Ah, the 13th. My favorite number, 13: the day in November on which I was born, the number I wear on the soccer pitch, a Fibonacci number, the pet number of Rice University's (arguably) most notorious club. I'll probably have about 13 copies with me. I don't expect to sell that many, because most people who come to SHFL don't come equipped with much cash. If I do run out, you can still buy a copy online or wait until the 27th (or some other odd-numbered Thursday).
If you do buy a copy, of course I'll autograph them for you. What kind of Pynchonian literary recluse do you think I am?
In two years of Thursday Oddities, I haven't been to many OT nights. My church choir rehearses on Thursday nights, and I have been a fairly devoted member for most of the last 14 years. Rehearsals don't finish until 9:30.
Some of you may know that I made an appearance at the Odd Thursday on Saturday 2nd anniversary party at SHFL. But that wasn't in my capacity as a writer. SHFL had managed to book Odd Thursday on the same night as World Naked Bike Ride, so the two events intersected. I addressed the Odd Thursday wordsmiths and their appreciative fans briefly on the subject of why people all over the world ride the bicycles Godiva-style through their cities and towns.
On a related note, I am very gratified to report that David Tyson Moore of southmorehouse presents, no slouch as a writer himself, says he is about 3/4 through his copy of Earthworm and is enjoying it. Kyle Blue, the MC of Odd Thursday, has recited his own poetry at numerous southmorehouse events, going back to when smh was an actual residence and performance space in the early '00s.