9th Ave: Michael Jeffrey Lee with Joseph Bradshaw

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset. 

Cover of Michael Jeffrey Lee's My Worst Ideas. The cover is a photo of what looks like tar on a beach with a gray sky.
Join us on Wednesday, November 1 at 7pm PT when Michael Jeffrey Lee celebrates the release of My Worst Ideas with Joseph Bradshaw at 9th Ave!

Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
This event will not be livestreamed

About My Worst Ideas
“With irresistible humor and a fearless awareness, Michael Jeffrey Lee brilliantly deciphers the imponderable strangeness of the moment.”— Rikki Ducornet

In the final story of Michael Jeffrey Lee’s My Worst Ideas, a disembodied voice asks the narrator to write him a story. The voice asks the narrator to include “my jingle-jangle voice, my queer way with words. My general philosophy.” Strange jingle-jangle voices fill Lee’s new collection, mumbling to each other as the text, full of uncanny and unsettling repetitions, builds into a fugue. Lee’s characters are unable to get comfortable; they don’t feel at home in their cities, their relationships, or even their bodies. With dissonant black humor, Lee explores their sense of dislocation and mounting desperation. In one story, a lonely young man carries a pigeon’s headless body in his pocket that warms when he nears a potential friend; in another, a pretentious lover is carried down a filthy river after diving in to save his sweetheart, who couldn’t care less. There is an innocence and directness to the writing that makes it harder and harder to ignore the work as it circles the drain of its obsession.

About Michael Jeffrey Lee
Born in the Bay Area of California, Michael Jeffrey Lee spent time in New Orleans and now lives in Berlin. Sarabande Books published his first short story collection, Something in My Eye, in 2012. Lee’s stories have appeared in N+1The Rupture, and BOMB, among others. He received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and a literary grant from the Berlin Senate. In addition, he is the vocalist for Budokan Boys and teaches writing at The Reader Berlin.

About Joseph Bradshaw
Joseph Bradshaw is a poet and musician based in Oakland. He is the author of two collections of poetry, with a third called Subtraction forthcoming from Clones Go Home in 2024. As a musician, he is an improviser with an interest in fingerstyle guitar.

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