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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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Loves Stinks! 2-12-11

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by ngrboston

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Thank you to everyone who came out for “Love Stinks!”, our anti-Valentine’s Day salon. This on was particularly exciting as it was part of a NGR-wide event. Chapters across North America are sharing the same theme throughout February. The whole thing was sponsored by Harper Perennial, publisher of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love by Andrew Shaffer.

We were quite thrilled to have the author himself as our guest of honor! No, he wasn’t naked and he didn’t read, but he did give away some books to a lucky few attendees.

We began the evening with die-hard Naked Girl, Fonda Feeling (she’s read at every salon!), reading “The Law of Talion” by the Maquis de Sade which can be found in The Misfortunes of Virtue and Other Early Tales.

Miss Mina followed that with the tragic tale of Peter Abelard from Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love.

First time Naked Girl Jena Kitten read from The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet.

Betty Blaize, returning to NGR after a year off, read of lusty Jean-Jacques Rosseau from Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love.

Audience favorite Vikki Likkerish shared a selection on the pain on adultery from Portrait in Sepia: A Novel by Isabel Allende.

Then Andrew Shaffer returned to the stage to give away some copies of his book, each accompanied by a *giant* Valentine from all the Naked Girls. Scratch had had the idea of having auditions right then and there and giving the best readers the books. This was squashed in favor of a simple drawing.

Miss Mina read the classic tale of Dido’s love and Aeneas’ betrayal from Book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid.

Fonda Feeling returned to read about Seneca the Younger from Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love.

Betty Blaize shared with us a few lessons on love, marriage, and divorce from The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne.

Jena Kitten finished off the evening with the sad story of Nicolas Chamfort from (you guessed it!) Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love.

Our next salon will be held at The Great Burlesque Exposition on April 23rd at midnight. We’re calling it Midnight Snack and yes, there will be snacks. Naked Girls from all over North America will be particpating. You can get your tickets now!