“There’s a time when you want to see someone read very eloquently, very silent,” DeBenedictis adds. “But what’s better than reading some prose and then someone yells something out and you’ve got to roll with it as much as a stand-up comedian does? You might have to change what you’re reading, you might have to change a sentence up, feel the room.”
DeBenedictis, a writer himself, has employed that tactic at his previous two readings, and will probably do the same when he reads at Vouched Books and HydeATL’s Jan. 6 Holiday Hangover event, a round two of sorts to be held at the Star Bar as well.
Rearranging sentences will probably be the least of tonight’s improvisations, though. There will be multiple guests not included in the original lineup. He couldn’t name them because he’s not privy to all of Cheshire’s plans.
“I heard talk today that Bill Taft (Smoke, Hubcap City) is bringing a trumpet, but anyone who knows Bill Taft knows that it’s going to be completely unpredictable,” he says.
And anyone who knows Tom Cheshire knows he’s prone to the same kind of thing, and if DeBenedictis and his counterparts keep it up, Atlanta’s underground lit scene will earn a similar reputation.
Tom Cheshire and Friends. Free. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.
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