InsideStorytime COSMOS

Werner Herzog told Katja Nicodemus in a recent interview that "all the most important trends of the last century come from California: the collective dreams in cinemas round the world. The fact that homosexuals are recognised as an integral part of society. The computer technology. All the Internet innovations. And also idiocies like hippies and New Age. There are only two exceptions. The green movement is more of a Scandinavian thing. And Islamic fundamentalism does not come from California either."

Attempting to milk this legacy of universal significance, tonight (Thursday February 18th, 6.30 - 8.30 pm) we bring you InsideStorytime COSMOS at Cafe Royale. Some real cultural heavyweights will be reading:

Lori Ostlund is the author of the Flannery O'Connor award winning collection The Bigness of the World.

Tony DuShane, a stalwart of the Mission literary scene, is the author of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk.

Alta Ifland is the author of Elegy for a Fabulous World -- according to Sven Birkerts her "uncanny tales merge the child's innocent seeing with the sorrowful knowledge of myth."

Stephen Kessler is the author of the poetry collection Burning Daylight and the essay collection Moving Targets, and the translator of works by many illustrious foreign authors including the sonnets of Borges.

Genie Gratto posts intoxicating fiction at 100 Proof Stories.

Galaxies nowadays aren't forming new stars as quickly as galaxies did billions of years ago: a recent study shows this is because there isn't as much raw material available for star formation -- cf. the paper, "High molecular gas fractions in normal massive star-forming galaxies in the young universe," in the February 11th 2010 issue of “Nature." But our little cultural galaxy seems to be churning out new stars faster than ever before. Tell us you heard about the event from this blog, and we'll waive the customary $3 - $5 cover charge.

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