Monday, July 16, 2007

The Red Lion, Twilight Tales






Mark Millar must have some history with the pub, as the Scottish comic book writer had Captain America track down Giant-Man and beat the crap out of him. On Monday nights, since 1993, Twilight Tales has hosted readings from every genre, including open mike for novices and old farts alike. The first night I read, Bill Bixby died of prostate cancer. Three winters ago, I read on a particularly brutal night, standing at the podium I felt like a marionette, I had one arm folded with fist clenched behind my back as I read fragments of FOR YOU, THE LIVING in my little puppet voice. My heartbeat was closing in on 175 beats per second--I'm acutely aware of how well my body fails me--and it seemed as if my bloodstream was replaced by tap water. Heat pads are now available that I stick to my back, I would have worn them in 04 and the domino effect would be that I'd gradually revert back to what I call normal. One other time I was there in very much pain and there was a deal going on where Richard Engling played various instruments as readers took their turns with poetry or minor rants. That time was quite therapeutic for me, as are most times I am there. Even when I am feeling perfectly (for me) fine, I can enjoy the show or sit downstairs and talk with owner Joe Heinen over coffee for awhile, until the clock tells me its time to catch the last el train southward...Wayne

9 comments:

HemlockMan said...

The readings are still going on there? I've heard many good things about those.

Ormondroyd's Encyclopedia Esoterica said...

Millar is one of those writers we love to hate, but I suppose this ameliorates it somewhat. Besides, Giant-Man had hurt the Wasp, so he certainly had it coming.

Sidney said...

One of these days I'm going to make it up there to read.

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like a great place. I love the comic book pages of it. Very detailed and near realistic. Man you need your own comic book series.

Stewart Sternberg said...

If in the near future I am able to make it to Chicago, with a couple of writer friends, one of my goals is to go to the Red Lion. I hope you'll join us and let me buy you a drink

HemlockMan said...

One of the great injustices of planet Earth is that Wayne Sallee is not writing at least one book for Marvel Comics.

I've never read anything by Millar, because I stopped reading comics before he started publishing. But I have heard of him.

Kate S said...

Great images, Wayne - the ones online, and the ones you evoked. :)

Yvonne Navarro said...

I miss the Red Lion. I used to love a summer evening, just sitting there and listening to someone read while chowing down on their fabulous fruit and cheese plate.

etain_lavena said...

great post...but I did also email you:)