Monday, July 9, 2007

The Grub Street Rag, 7/9/07

* Alacritous Grub gossip
* Lissome Grub events
* Last week to register for a summer workshop

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster."

-- Isaac Asimov

grub street gossip.

Welcome to the Grub Street Rag, a newsletter of the Boston literary scene sent out every Monday from the Boston Harbor Island satellite office of Grub Street's world headquarters. As always, if you are receiving this e-mail in horror, please advance to the bottom of the page to unsubscribe yourself.

Last week to sign up for summer 6- and 10-week workshops
Have a desire for a daytime class? A passion for poetry in all its forms? A craving for creative non-fiction? This week is your last chance to sign up for our 10- and 6-week workshops, which begin next week. View the whole schedule, and call us at 617.695.0075 and get yourself registered before time (and availability--several are already full) run out.

Find us a Cambridge space, take TWO FREE Grub Street classes
Grub Street seeks 4-5 classrooms in the Cambridge/Somerville area to hold our fall classes. All the rooms must be at the same location, and big enough to fit 13 adults comfortably. Parking and T-accessibility are key. We would need the rooms on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights from 7-10pm for ten weeks starting in October. Please let us know of any leads--if we end up renting from your tip, you'll get two free Grub Street classes to take yourself or give as gifts. Email with ideas (or for more info on what we need).

Grub Turns Ten
Join us July 27th for our 10-year anniversary celebration, with readings from Hacks, our new anthology. Click here for all the details and to sign up.

Softball Department (brought to you by guest sportscaster, Dan Pritchard)
Double-Digits on the Horizon
Grub Street Wordslingers 9 – MannyOrtez 20

It had all the makings of a great day at the park. With two outs in the first inning, your Grub Street Wordslingers put 4 runs on the board for one of the best starts of the season. Two-out hits and timely walks were the key to our production. It sure was hot on the diamond, but so were our bats. Dan, Jen, Jeff and Becky had especially good turns at the plate today. It all seemed to be coming together for this ragtag group of authors-come-ballplayers.

The opposition – MannyOrtez – was stiff, and brought home 6 of their own in the bottom of the first. Their defense held the Slingers scoreless through the second, while doubling their own tally to make it 12-4. The Slingdogs kept it close with an epic effort, rallying to add 5 more runs in the third, but ManyO kept the pace and stayed true to their name, adding 4 runs in the third and then 4 more in the fourth. We tried to get it going in the fifth, but a tag-out on some great, aggressive base running ended the game.

Looking back, we learned a lot that hot day in July, together out there on the field. We learned that an umpire can really affect the complexion of a game. We learned that wooden bats are questionable. In the third inning we learned that MannyOrtez's left fielder was not up for a golden glove, and did our best to capitalize. I learned to throw it to the base, not the person — sorry Jen. We learned that walking a boy to strike out a girl is unfair, and wished we could apply that rule to Julio Lugo. But most of all we learned that the most important thing is family, so try not to hit the kids with errant flies.

The un-unbeaten streak remains unbroken. Still think we could beat the Pirates though.

Whitney, Chris, Paige and Sonya

The P.S. There was an error on our website, which incorrectly listed a Riot Act taking place tonight. There is NO Riot Act tonight (July 9th). Sorry for the confusion!

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