Message from THE2NDHAND
This note hit my inbox recently. I'm a big fan of Al Burian from his writings in his famed Burn Collector and his lesser-known Natural Disasters zines. (The latter zine can be seen here, being avidly "read" by Maddie at age 3; Al told me that he'd consider using this photo as the cover for the next issue of ND. Unfortunately, it has yet to appear.)
THE2NDHAND Releases Installment #19
Feb. 26 at Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted
THE2NDHAND Installment #19 is “Zangara,” by Al Burian, a reimagining of Chicago mayor Anton Cermak’s 1933 assassination by height-challenged bricklayer Guiseppe Zangara at an FDR campaign event in Miami. Told from the point of view of Cermak himself, the piece addresses Zangara’s profound lack of height and Cermak’s infrastructural legacy, legendary last words, rumored mob ties, and more, all in the trademark style Burian’s developed over almost a decade writing and producing the Burn Collector zine. We convene at Skylark, at the corner of Halsted and the great road that bears Cermak’s name, to celebrate. For this event, we’ll focus on fiction imbued with just the twinge (or more) of authenticity by settings around historical events. This event was made possible in part by Poets & Writers magazine through a grant from an anonymous donor.
With readings by:
and Susannah Felts, C.T. Ballentine, and Todd Dills as Pitchfork Battalion
To be followed by a DJ set or two by the great Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned, a novel, and most recently a collection of shorts called Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir.
FREE, Sunday, Feb 26, 8 PM
Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted, Chicago
312.948.5275 or 773.278.7034
Al Burian is the writer behind the long-running Burn Collector zine. He occasionally writes for Punk Planet and other print organs.
Brian Costello is the author of The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs, a novel, and teaches writing in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Jeb Gleason-Allured is a contributing editor of THE2NDHAND’s online magazine. His stories have been published in a variety of magazines.
Susannah Felts is a regular contributor to the Chicago Reader and a professor of writing at SAIC.
C.T. Ballentine curates the Aftercrossword Special zine; his story “Never Die During Winter” was featured in THE2NDHAND Installment #17 and his work has otherwise appeared with regularity in THE2NDHAND’s online magazine
Todd Dills is the founder and editor of THE2NDHAND. His first novel, Sons of the Rapture, will be published later this year by Featherproof.