Archive for August, 2010

Fun and Games, what a perfect way to say goodbye to summer (Although, the way this summer went, it was a really brief hello.).  This month, our featured authors will be reading their stories of amusement at our monthly reading series.

Come join us and bring a tale of your own to tell.

Monthly Reading Series @ Canvas Art Bar

Thursday, August 26 7:00, Theme: Fun & Games

Featured readers: Courtenay Hameister, Justin Hocking, and Dave Jarecki


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Tom Bissell

I think it’s always a sign of good things to come when an interview starts out with a fifteen minute break so that the interviewee and I can properly dress and accessorize our game characters.  Sackboy, as the character from the super awesome game, Little Big Planet is known, wouldn’t dare enter any game world without being properly dressed.  That is a known fact.  I nattily dressed my Sackboy in tweed and glasses that can only be described as “rockstar,” and off we went, jumping, swinging, and dancing through technicolor landscapes.  And it hits me, this memory, the memory of my first Nintendo.  I let many hours pass in my attempts to beat, nay, destroy Super Mario Brothers.  And somehow I know, clicking the x button, while I reach for the swinging vine in front of me, that I could easily spend the rest of my life playing this game.  And that is the beauty of it all.  Here I am, all grown up and stuff, and I’m transfixed, mesmerized by the colors, the sounds, the movement, just like I used to be.  Translation: Video games are pretty neat.

Tom Bissell is a writer, teacher, and gamer. The author of both works of  fiction and non-fiction, his newest work, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, bridges the divide between video games and literature. We met recently for a chat about bridging the great divide between “high” and “low” culture, the literary world, and making the world safe for cromulent.


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