an organized whole that is perceived to be more than the sum of its parts [gestalt, take 2]

anyone else still reelin’?

many people have told me this was the best Quiet Lightning so far. what do you think? i have no idea; i’m always smiling behind the camera! i’ve lived with these passages for the last 2 weeks, carrying them around in my bag, reading them on BART, at work, in the wee hours when my life seems empty just because everything’s so still and quiet. LIGHTNING!

what you should do, and what your friends should do, is <<< watch the videos! >>>

announcements >>>

  • S’napse + A.C.T. winner TBA
  • Who else got a copy of sPARKLE & bLINK?! There is only 1 left !!!
  • Submissions for QL5 (!) are due thurs, april 15. that’s only 1 week from today! click here to submit readings and/or artwork: <<< submit >>>
  • QL5 is on May 3 @ Mina Dresden Gallery. We are so excited we refrain even from exclamation.  Mina Dres is @ 312 Valencia near 14th (sort of across from Four Barrel Coffee). There will be no microphone, so keep that in mind when you submit. There will also be no chairs. We’re serious about bringing pillows! blankets! yoga matts! pajamas—just bring it!
  • Our special June show commemorating the 6th epidose [sic] is 99% confirmed. Just know this: submissions are not open for June. And also this: it’s gonna be on a Friday (the 4th). For good reason: we will be welcoming some very (very) special guests to be part of QL. Save the date—We’re telling you b4 we tell the rest of SF, and we will, we will tell them … ! Stay tuned for more details, which we’ll post ASAP !

[ Note from Evan: Thanks to all of you, really, readers and supporters alike. It’s like my wildest dream every month and I love you for it. ]

! mmmm lightning brain !

hello conscious monsters!

do you have what it takes to slake the sunshine? it is overwhelming (not today, but somewhere).

do you seek a place where moonlight shines on every surface? see good, party poets! pretty brains for takeaway! low low prices.

monday night Q uiet L ightning returns to gestalt and this time we’re gettin private. monsters only. 7-9, (@ 3159 16th st bw valencia + guerrero). electroshock therapy for only $2! free yr mind in small time.

free books. BRING books to swap. Throw em on the table. Postcards are in this time, come and get em. The new sPARKLE & bLINK does all that, has all that, collect em. rick’s ready to slang you beers + sausage.

come sign up for the chance to author chapter 3 of s’napse, which includes “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” by Alia Volz and now “Wrinkles” by Andrew Paul Nelson. if you’re chosen during intermission you will get to read at the next Q uiet L ightning, your chapter will stay on the blog until the blog disappears into the internet, and so far we are not afraid of this, AND you will be published in the May edition of sPARKLE & bLINK. seriously, all you have to do is put your name in a hat. beat that, Batman! (i know him, he’s been trying to get published for a long time.)

so you been lookin for moonlight in the indoors? black and white sunshine gRADIANT accidence? well, well, well. monday night it will be brought to you by these monsters.

Can’t wait to feast brain on you!!!!!!!

apr 5 is a private party (tell your friends!)

Magically, you are alive. This comes with many blessings. Not the least of these is your ability to make decisions. What a great deal this is! For your consideration is the following event that will take place with or without you but will probably be a lot cooler if you decide to go (so please do. You see, one of our blessings is the ability to try to convince you we know what’s good for you. We do):

On Monday, April 5, Quiet Lightning will make it’s fourth strike @ Gestalt [ 3159 16th St btwn Valencia + Guerrero ]. Readers will include the following super-beings:

Yes, there has been a  venue change! We are meeting @ Gestalt again only this time it’s private! Quiet Lightning will fill the place up, so come one, come all—bring books to give away, swap, sell (if you wrote em), etc.

We’ll begin @ 7 and go until about 9 or so, so bring $2 to get in and some money for booze (no one will be refused and we will take more as donation if you can spare it). We also have some announcements:

  • If you’re not familiar with the idea behind S’napse, read this. Andrew Paul Nelson was chosen out of the hat to add to Alia Volz’ initial passage: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor;” he has responded with “Wrinkles,” which is a poem in 3 parts. Only 2 parts are up. You are invited to respond either with part 3 or a text of your own concoction. At the intermission of April 5, put your name in the hat; one person will be chosen at the end of the night and they will respond by April 14, when submissions for May are due (it’s tight this month!). Their piece will go up on the blog as the third addition; they will then finish the first set with their piece on May 3 and it will be published in our new monthly zine, sPARKLE & bLINK (along with the rest of the accepted submissions).
  • Everyone subscribed to the mailing list will be entered into a monthly raffle. The winner gets 1 ticket to see the subsequent month’s play @ American Conservatory Theater, in this case Round and Round the Garden. There is a catch, of course: you have to go with me, Evan! (I am sorry about this. I asked for an extra ticket so I could give two away, but hey; press only gets you so far. The good news is, ACT is amazing. I will draw on the day of this upcoming show, the 5th, and announce the winner @ the end. Then we’ll coordinate the best time for both of us. Exciting, yes?
  • We are taking submissions of artwork for the fabulous postcards that accompany each event. They should be scaled to 4×6. Pretty much anything goes except erotica – unless its tasteful. We here @ QL are o so refined. Keep in mind that text will cover at least half of your image. We accept photos too, and proudly give credit where credit is due.
  • We are very pleased to announce that the next episode will take place May 3 @ Mina Dresden Gallery. This means a few of things:
  1. We will be surrounded by artwork.
  2. There will be no microphone.
  3. You should bring as many pillows as you can carry. It’s going to be intimate!

We’ve got some surprises lined up for June . . . like front page news surprises. Get ready!

love and excitement,

evan and raja