Mama’s Recap of last night’s Town Hall Readings

Steve Martin presented.
Don DeLillo read from his forthcoming novel, Falling Man, which bored and annoyed Mama.
Tatyana Tolstaya was hilarious.
Saadi Youssef read poems about life in Paris.
Kiran Desai spoke quickly. “Lots of traffic in her head.” She cracked Mama up.
Mama drooled over the very-sexy Alain Mabanckou, who read a poem to his mom in French.
Neil Gaiman was lovely. He read from his poem, “Instructions,” Mama felt he was an old-style sufferer.
Nadine Gordimer read “The Ultimate Safari,” prefacing it with the disclaimer that although she looks like an old woman now, her story is about an eleven year-old girl who leaves Mozambique for a refugee camp in South Africa.
Salman Rushdie read last, and Mama said he waxed philosophical and she couldn’t wait for him to shut up. When I asked her why she dislikes him so much, she said he seemed intensely vain.

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