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Grren and Bare It 3/16/13

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by ngrboston

This was the last Naked Girls Reading in Boston as the new management has decided not to renew our chapter’s license. No, we don’t really understand why.

Because of the proximity to St. Patrick’s Day, we had an Irish theme to the readings. The Naked Girls were long time reader Vikki Likkerish, Jena Kitten, the newest Naked Girl, Lady Grey, and myself, Miss Mina.

We had so much fine that last time we read a Choose You Own Adventure with audience participation, we tried it again with The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #8: The Irish Rebellion, April 1916. Sadly, it was not as successful — to much history lesson and tedious detail, not enough choice.

Cutting that short, Lady Grey entertained us with “The Furze Witch”, a traditional story from More Irish Fairy Tales by Sinéad de Valera.

I read 3 poems from W. B. Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium”, “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”, and his magnificent “The Second Coming”.

Jena read of Oscar Wilde and his bad behavior from Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors, the second book by Andrew Shaffer that we have featured. (It’s very entertaining and educational; you should read it.)

Vikki closed out the first half with the first part of Oscar Wilde’s depressing fairy tale, “The Fisherman and his Soul”.

After a short break, Vikki resumed reading “The Fisherman and his Soul”.

Jena then read 2 of C. S. Lewis’ letters from The Screwtape Letters.

Lest we ignore one of the most famous Irish writers, Lady Grey read a short section from the end of Ulysses, a piece of stream of consciousness writing that is practically poetry.

I finished the evening with a passage from Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes on how his family lost a room in their home and were evicted for it. His writing is so good and so funny, you might forget the misery of his subject matter.

On behalf of all the Naked Girls in the 3+ years we’ve been active, thank you so much for all your support. We really enjoyed presenting these salons for you. If you think Boston deserves to keep its Naked girls Reading chapter, please write to the new managers, Elly & A.J., at nakedgirlsreading@gmail.com. Maybe with a large enough show of support we can get our license back.

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Memory Lane 7/1/12

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by ngrboston

Our theme for this salon was books we Naked Girls enjoyed as children. Our readers were Miss Mina (myself), Fonda Feeling (the once and future Naked Girl), and Lady Grey (first time Naked Girl). Sadly Jena Kitten fell victim to the heat and was unable to join us.

We began with By Balloon to the Sahara, a Choose Your Own Adventure book. When we got to a choice, the audience voted, and the book passed to the next Naked Girl. It was an awful lot of fun and I suspect we’ll be doing it again.

Lady Grey started off with the beloved Boston classic Make Way for Ducklings.

Fonda Feeling read a few poems about childhood from Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh.

One of my favorite books was The House With a Clock In Its Walls by John Bellairs. I fiendishly did not read a passage that explained why there was a clock in the walls of the house.

Fonda Feeling is a mere stripling compared to the rest of us and the Harry Potter books came out when she was just a kid. She read the passage from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban where Harry receives the Marauders’ Map.

Lady Grey read a chapter from Roald Dahl’s Matilda about how the tiny girl devours every children’s book in the library and moves on to Dickens and Hemmingway, at the age of four.

We really could not have a reading of childhood books without including Where the Wild Things Are. I’m thrilled that I got to be the one to share how Max made mischief of one kind and another.

We finished out the evening by sharing Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book to wish everyone a good night.

Our next salon, Tall Tails, will be on Saturday, September 22nd at midnight at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Burlesque! 4-6-12

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by ngrboston

Continuing the tradition of have a Naked Girls Reading salon at The Great Burlesque Exposition, this year the theme was “burlesque”, a fitting choice.

Our readers were Miss Mina (me), Nasty Canasta producer of Naked Girls Reading NYC, and St. Stella from Toronto (filling in at the last minute for a Naked Girl trapped on the wrong coast).

We started with a group reading of the short story “The Price of Freedom” by Carmel Lockyer from Ultimate Burlesque, a collection of erotic stories. All London is celebrating the end of the War and the Blue Moon Burlesque is putting on a special show. Will Sylvia get her hands on a pair of scarce silk stockings and upstage her catty rival?

Next I read a selection from Gypsy Rose Lee’s autobiography, Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper, about her first performance as a stripper. It’s marvelously descriptive and terribly funny.

Nasty Canasta read the reminiscences of Sunny Dare, who worked the carnival circuit, as told to Jane Briggeman in Burlesque: A Living History.

As I mentioned, St. Stella jumped in at the last minute (and we are so grateful to her!) and she didn’t know what to read. Ab Horance, saved the day by happening to have a copy of Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver by Becki Ross. Stella read a fascinating section on censorship.

Boston burlesque is very near to my heart, so I chose a section from

Banned in Boston: Memoirs of a Stripper by Lillian Kiernan Brown about the days when young Lily Ann Rose dreamed of stardom backstage at The Casino and saw Peaches, Queen of Shake, perform her famous dance.

We closed out the show with Nasty Canasta reading from Ann Corio’s This Was Burlesque. After she read the section about Carrie Finnell’s particular style of tassel twirling, we were all wishing we could have seen it. Our wishes were answered the next night by Donna Denise in The Main Event!

Thank you for coming out for a little unclothed literature at the Burlesque Expo! Our next salon will be in June.

Literary Boston 2-25-12

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by ngrboston

There are so many great authors who live or lived in Boston and some who even wrote about it. For our first salon of 2012 (starting our 3rd year!) we read works from some of those authors. It was hard to choose just a few!

We started off with a shared reading of a little history lesson about the earliest days of Massachusetts from The True Travels, Adventures And Observations Of Captain John Smith V1: In Europe, Asia, Africa And America, 1593-1629.

Miss Mina jumped to the present day with Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War. Private detective Patrick Kenzie musing about his home neighborhood of Dorchester and the very different Dorchester his suspect lives in.

Jena Kitten chose Robert Frost’s poem “snow”, which can be found in the collection Robert Frost’s Poems.

Betty Blaize wrapped up the first half of the salon with Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Poe is also claimed by New York and Baltimore, but he was born in Boston and served in the army at Fort Independence, now Castle Island. The story can be found in Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Tough guy private detective Spenser has been living and working in Boston since the 1960’s. In God Save the Child he meets the love of his life and Miss Mina read about their first date.

Betty has a fondness for pigs and she read a selection from The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood about the title character’s short lived modeling career. She thought the book was set in Western Massachusetts, realized it was New Hampshire, and decided it was too good to pass up.

Besides short stories, Poe also wrote poems and Jena graced us with the haunting “Annabel Lee”, also to be found in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385074077/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bostonbabydol-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0385074077">Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Science fiction author Jennifer Pelland usually writes stories about people uncomfortable in their own skins. They are that much more disturbed when set in familiar territory, like Cambridge or Somerville. Mina read the uncharacteristically sweet and dreamlike story “Last Bus” from the collection Unwelcome Bodies. Jen will be reading from her new novel Machine at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester on March 17th (and bellydancing to Irish music too!)

Betty ended the salon with “The Wreck of the Hesperus” by legendary poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Thank you for joining us! Our next salon will be on Friday, April 6th at The Great Burlesque Exposition and will feature readers from several NGR chapters.

A Christmas Carol 12-17-11

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , on December 22, 2011 by ngrboston

For this seasonal salon we chose to read the entire text of A Christmas Carol, from “Marley was dead” to “God bless us, every one”. It was epic.

We’d been lead to believe it would take about 2 hours. It took three and a half. Our audience’s endurance was amazing. You can see some of the survivors in the Weekly Dig.

The readers this time were myself (Miss Mina), Vikki Likkerish, Jena Kitten, and first-time Naked Girl Devora Darling. We knew the story was sad, and scary, and heartwarming, so we were pleasantly surprised at how funny it is too.

There are lots of versions of A Christmas Carol out there, but we read from this one, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. It was to bad we really couldn’t share the lovely images with the audience.

Our next salon will be help in late February. In 1212 we’ll be hosting more regular salons in a brand new location. Check back here for details!

Fang Fiction 5-21-11

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2011 by ngrboston

Thank you to everyone who braved the rain to hear a few vampire tales at midnight. And a special thank you to our sponsor, The Weekly Dig. This Salon was such a challenge. There are so many good vampire stories that it was hard to choose!

The choice for our opening shared reading was obvious, Dracula by Bram Stoker. Not the first vampire story, but certainly the most influential.

Vikki Likkerish then read the short story “Blood Kin” from the collection Vampire Stories from the American South. Very creepy and very Southern.

Continuing with the theme that vampires like to live below the Mason-Dixon Line, new Naked Girl Lizzie Havoc read a selection from Anne Rice’s modern classic Interview with the Vampire.

After a brief intermission Jena Kitten read from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. In this passage, the future president learned of the existence of vampires and chose a path that would change history!

Miss Mina closed out the individual reading with a selection from Carmilla. This short novel predates Dracula and the vampire and victim are both female. It gets rather steamy, in a mid-Victorian sort of way.

The Naked Girls finished the night with a shared reading of Robert Bloch’s short story “The Cloak”. (It’s been collected in many anthologies, but we found it in Weird Vampire Tales: 30 Blood-Chilling Stories from the Weird Fiction Pulps.)

We almost closed with a selection from Twilight, but decided to spare you that.

We’ll be scheduling our next salon soon. Check back here and we’ll let you know what we’ll be reading… naked!

Midnight Snack 4-23-11

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by ngrboston

The Great Burlesque Expo seemed like a fine place to hold a Naked Girls Reading and to have readers from chapters all over the continent.

We began with a shared reading of “The Infernal Bouillabaisse” from Best of Beaumont by Charles Beaumont. He wrote many episodes for The Twilight Zone, so you can imagine the tone of this little tale.

Scarlett Letter from Los Angeles is an experienced bartender and she thought it fitting to add the beverage to our midnight snack. She read a chapter about Dutch Genever (it’s like gin, but more so) from Boozehound by Jason Wilson.

At this point I jumped in with a recipe for Holland Watermelon from The Eating in Bed Cookbook by Barbara Ninde Byfield. It involves a whole watermelon, a bottle of Genever, and the caution that you should eat it in the bathtub.

Next up we had Mimi Misschief from Sarah Lawrence College reading as a Naked Girl for the very first time. She chose a selection from Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia about the challenges of cooking Oeufs a la Bourguignonne (Eggs Poached in Red Wine).

St. Stella from Toronto read from Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate. It was a delicious passage about rose petals, passion, and nakedness.

I finished the evening with a passage from the great food writer M.F.K. Fisher, originally published in Serve It Forth, collected in The Art of Eating. I never knew that eating a tangerine could be such a sensual, all day affair.

Thank you to those who joined us and we hope to see you on May 21 back at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for Fang Fiction!