Join Litquake and The Grotto for the official launch of Drivel, a new collection of wordy, overwrought, insipid writing by America's most beloved authors and artists, edited by award-winning journalist and radio producer Julia Scott.
Based on Litquake's wildly popular Regreturature stage shows, Drivel eagerly shares with the world this uplifting bit of humorous voyeurism that reminds us all that sometimes, early writing can just suck ass. Tonight, select Drivel contributors brave their souls and come forth to share some of their crappiest early work. Thanks to these courageous but foolhardy writers, you'll discover the real meaning of a work-in-progress.
Po Bronson gained renown as a wickedly trenchant chronicler of the 1990s dotcom frenzy. A former bond salesman, he covered Silicon Valley as a features writer for WIRED and parlayed his experiences into the comic novel The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (1997)—later made into a movie—and the nonfiction best seller The Nudist on the Late Shift (1999). His next book, What Should I Do With My Life? (2003), hit number one on the New York Times best seller list. In 2006, Bronson began collaborating with Ashley Merryman on a series of award-winning magazine articles, reporting on recent science that overturned conventional ideas on parenting and education. Their subsequent book, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children (2009), was on the Times best seller list for six months. Their new book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing (2013), examines the role of competition in our lives.
Andrew Sean Greer
The Washington, DC-born son of two scientists, Greer has always written stories infused with wonderment and discovery. The Confessions of Max Tivoli tells the life story of a man born with a peculiar ailment where he begins life as an elderly man and ages backward toward infancy as linear time progresses. His stories have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Zoetrope, among other publications. Andrew Sean Greer has written two previous works of fiction, the novel The Path of Minor Planets and a short story collection, How It Was for Me.
Tupelo Hassman has been published in Portland Review Literary Journal, ZYZZYVA,100 Word Story, FiveChapters.com, and Invisible City Audio Tours. Her debut novel is Girlchild (FSG, 2012).
Joe Loya is an essayist, playwright, filmmaker, actor, radio and TV commentator, and author of
the memoir The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber, and the
prison zombie apocalypse novel The Red Mile. His essays have appeared in the Los Angeles
Times, Washington Post, and McSweeney’s.
Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator and a graphic journalist based in San Francisco. She has illustrated several books including Meanwhile in San Francisco, Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation & GPS Technology (with Caroline Paul), and Pen & Ink (with Isaac Fitzgerald).
Joshua Mohr is the bestselling author of four novels, including Damascus, which The New
York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He has also written Fight Song, Some Things that Meant the World to Me, and Termite Parade. His novel All This Life is due out May 2015 from Counterpoint/Soft Skull.
Peter Orner was born in Chicago and attended Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. He received a law degree from Northeastern University and an MFA from the University of Iowa.
Orner's fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, The Southern Review, The Forward, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Ploughshares. Stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and twice won a Pushcart Prize. Orner was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), as well as the two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship (2007-2008). A film version of one of Orner's stories, "The Raft" with a screenplay by Orner and the film's director, Rob Jones, is currently in production and stars Ed Asner.
Julia Scott is an award-winning radio producer, journalist and essayist who has reported from
across the U.S. and Canada. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Modern
Farmer, Nautilus, Salon, and on PRI’s Marketplace and NPR. @juliascribe
Ellen Sussman is author of three novels: The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This.