It will be in many ways like the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. And in just as many, possibly more ways, it will emphatically not be anything like that. What will tonight's fevered climax of The L Magazine's Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction be like? Well, to get an idea, you can watch video of June's semifinal reading: Jonny's introduction to the show part of the show; each of the five readers; and the judges announcing the winner. (For whatever reason, probably because of a video glitch, the video cuts out just before the entire audience surged forward to the stage and mobbed Jonny like at the end of Day of the Locust. This is, arguably, just as well.)
Anyway! Tonight, four marvy readers will duke it out for publication in the L's Summer Fiction Issue, a highly coveted Giant Novelty Check, a smaller, equally coveted Actual Check, and assorted other schwag, in front of a panel of discerning literati, drunken L Mag staffers powering through their Summerscreen hangovers, and you, presumably taking fullest advantage of, yes, the $1 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Come join us at the Slipper Room at 7pm, won't you?