Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Revenge Of The Bookeaters
826NYC's benefit, Revenge Of The Bookeaters, was Sunday night at The Beacon Theater.
I came to the event via Jen Snow who, in addition to having one of the great names of all time, is 826NYC's publicist. We've connected over email (in fact, she's one of the articulate supporters excerpted here) and, as I've mentioned, plan to work together on the doc.
It was a star-studded affair, in a literary, Brooklyn-esque kinda' way: Demitri Martin hosted; Broken Social Scene, Spoon's Britt Daniel, New Pornographer AC Newman, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and Feist performed.
The entire night was kind of scrappy and lo-fi in an endearing way. The performances were mostly uneven, but well-intentioned, and well worth it. 826, founded in 2002 by memoirist David Eggers, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
As a creative writing major and thus-far failed writer, applaud their efforts vigorously. Moreover, I hope to amplify those efforts in some small way.
Jim James, as it ends up, was terrific and inspiring. I've been listening to "Gideon" on repeat ever since.
The whole thing was pretty excellent, pretty impressive, and super inspiring.
One our way out, I turned to my buddy Wes and said, "I want our project to be this big."
More on that later...