Reading Series

“The house was quiet and the world was calm. The reader became the book.”

—Wallace Stevens

In 2010 Proteotypes launched a reading series, Paradise of Reading, with the idea that there is no paradise like reading, and that being read aloud in a calm, quiet space to adds a level of pleasure. Instead of writers reading their own work, we offer readers reading from less well-known books that offer unexpected pleasures. The reading begins with the ringing of a bell and proceeds without any introductions or commentary: the listener is given as lightly mediated experience of the text as possible.

The first Proteotypes Paradise of Reading event was held at Proteus Gowanus on Monday, November 1st. The theme: “Grotesque in Body and Spirit.” Four readers read texts by Hector Quiroga, Jose Donoso, Helen Adam, Amos Tutuola, and the 9th century Irish epic Táin bo Cuailnge; the poet Jennifer Nelson read from her own work. The second, “Paradise of Mood,” presented passages from Ingeborg Bachmann, Stacey Levine, Robert Walser, Ladislav Klima, Can Xue, and the Psalms.

Upcoming readings will be announced on this website and through the Proteus Gowanus email list (please sign up!). They start at 8pm ($5 admission); come at 7:30 to explore the gallery and have a glass of wine ($2 donation) or buy some Proteotypes books (20% off).

Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY. Enter down the alley off Nevins Street. Nearest subway stops: F/G at Carroll Street (walk north on Smith to Union, then turn right and go three blocks east, across the canal); or M/R to Union Street (walk west two blocks from Fourth to Nevins).


Reading Lists

Grotesque in Body and Spirit

Helen Adam, ed. Kristin Prevallet, A Helen Adams Reader, National Poetry Foundation.
Amos Tutuola, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, Grove Press.
Jose Donoso, The Obscene Bird of Night, Knopf.
Horacio Quiroga, The Decapitated Chicken, University of Wisconsin Press.
Thomas Kinsella (tr.), The Tain, Oxford.

Ingeborg Bachmann, Malina, Portico
Can Xue, Dialogues in Paradise, Northwestern University Press
Ladislav Klima, The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch, Twisted Spoon
Stacey Levine, My Horse and Other Stories, New American Fiction
Frank Stanford, The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You, Lost Roads Publishers
Robert Walser, Selected Stories, FSG