I have DJ’ed in a number of pop-up events around town over the years, like for Philippa Hughes, for example. She does cultural art events like this thing called Cherry Blast. It’s every year, and I have DJ’ed at clubs and for private events. I mean, many years ago there were a lot of clubs that aren’t there anymore.
The mic was then handed over to the trio of all-star judges: New Yorker editor Ben Greenman(author of What He’s Poised to Do and Superbad), creator of the fabulous Pink Line Project, Philippa Hughes, and comedian Remy Munasifi(a.k.a. GoRemy and the auteur of “The Falafel Album”). Greenman loved how Wilbur’s opener “put everyone else’s work in ridiculous context” and used “good literary writing to mock good literary writing,” while Hughes was reminded of the time she was in Cuba and Fidel Castro gave her a mojito mixed with the time she was climbing Mount Everest and lost a few fingers (her fingers, by the way, were intact). Finally, Munasifi chimed in with how he loved Wilbur’s book because he read it, and was able to “quit reading well before [he] ever started.” About Parkhurst, Greenman loved how she was the only reader who dressed to match the Kennedy Center, while Hughes praised Parkhurst’s soothing voice and presentation. Finally, Munasifi quipped that Parkhurst’s reading was before the most-ever severed president heads, but she didn’t balk in the least.
The judges then huddled, and by the narrowest of margins decided it was Parkhurst who would advance as the night’s first finalist.
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