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Sean Taylor 

When: Sun., Feb. 1, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: $10

Delicate bones, powerful thoughts

Sean Taylor's writing is delicate and off-kilter, a carnival mirror that distorts reality just enough for you to question what you're seeing without doubting it. In his first full-length collection of stories, Your Smallest Bones, just published by local Seventh Tangent Press, a couple push a grand piano into the middle of a frozen lake until, "You can measure the notes by how thick the ice is, and you can tell that less than two measures ago you were safe. So you play castanets with your frozen fingers that sound as beautiful as breaking glass." But that's just a flashback. These impossible moments collide with the minutiae of the everyday, blown up by the thoughts and wishes of the characters living them. To celebrate the book's publication, Taylor has invited four musical acts to play after a short reading: In Leagues, Shannon Harney, White White Wolf, and Syd McClune. The party's at Viracocha, where Taylor has worked for several years.

— Evan Karp


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