In my experience, I’ve found one of two problems in many literary crowds and clubs: they either take themselves too seriously or not seriously enough.
The former never approach their craft with a healthy dose of self-depreciation and humor – let’s just be honest, creative writing is a strange thing to do in 21st-century America. The latter seldom try to create community around the written word or create helpful resources for under-equipped autodidacts out there. When they do, little is curated and most events are open mic. Because of this, the best groups for me have always been groups of two or three who know each other well enough that they can both develop a common sense of humor and work together to improve.
That said, my hope in larger literary communities has been revived by the drDOCTOR reading series.
drDOCTOR is the literal child of Dr. Sam Farahmand and Luke Wiget, mdD. They are two MFA grads from The New School, who DReamed the possible DReam of curating a reading series that puts quality over quantity, bringing a few readers to as large an audience as possible.
For now they run their practice in Bushwick at a library called Mellow Pages (right off the Morgan stop on the L-train). For those outside of New York, go subscribe to the full podcast here. Their full website is drDoctordrDoctor.com.
The Doctors will be in again next Friday, August 29th. You can enjoy some back issues while you wait:
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