VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?
FROMM: I once did a reading at a neighborhood bar in a small town in northwestern Massachusetts on a Monday night in early April, and I was the only reader and nobody knew why they were even having a literary thing, since it was the night of the NCAA basketball finals but I’d suggested that I could be a sort of opening act for that since I was reading about basketball, and anyway a couple of guys at the bar had a loud drunk running commentary going throughout my reading, wondering, like, who is this guy and what is he saying and why, and they were actually being relatively complimentary, but it was throwing me off because it was so loud, and I was gonna say something to them even though they were hammered and only about six feet away and it was a bar, not, you know, a salon or something, but then they stood up and squared off with each other for no discernible reason and were quickly escorted off the premises just before they came to blows. And then the game started.
Dave Fromm is the author of EXPATRIATE GAMES (Skyhorse Publishing 2008) and THE DURATION (Tyrus Books 2016). He lives with his wife and kids in the wilds of western Massachusetts.