Extreme Storytelling and Literary Mayhem


Mike Edison has been promoting the paperback edition of his book I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World in true Edison form: backed by a rock band.

At Frank’s Cocktail Lounge in Fort Greene Jon Spencer and the Space Liberation Army blasted away onstage while Mike told his outlandish tales of porn shoots, infiltrating Jews for Jesus, and the last time he hung out with friend and punk rock legend GG Allin, all while playing keyboards and Theremin.

When asked how he would classify this style of reading Edison told SPIN.com, “I like to call it extreme storytelling. […] Literary mayhem. We’re 21st century beatniks. Troubadours for the new-world order.”

Read more about the event here, check out great pictures here, and be sure to catch our own Andrew Altschul’s review of I Have Fun Everywhere I Go if you haven’t already.

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →