Atticus Lish Party editor April 9, 2012 Events 2 Comments 1. Screenshot of the introduction from the minisite. 2. Norman and Barbara Charles, friends of Gordon Lish, deep in conversation with painter Shelton Walsmith. KGB Bar on 4th st and 2nd ave was as crowded as it could likely ever legally get this past Saturday night. While normal circumstances would point towards the two hour long open bar, managed by an increasingly desolate lone bartender, it was all truly the work of one man- Gordon Lish, the literary icon for the ages, editor for Neal Cassidy and Alan Ginsberg, Raymond Carver and Don DeLillo, commanding reigns at Esquire and Knopf once upon a time, now the friendly man introducing himself, rather than the other way around, to every party guest walking through the door. 1. Writer Richard Ellis beaming alongside dancer Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish and Robert Dobrish 2. Atticus Lish with wife, Beth. The true guest of honor was, in fact, the quiet type. Atticus Lish, son of Gordon, has just published a book of drawings entitled Life is With People, with Tyrant Books- he showed up halfway into the gathering, humble and backpack laden beside his wife, just the man everyone was meant to see and celebrate. And with reason– the book, printed as it is on ruled sheets, is hilarious and sad and political and disturbing in all of the ways great drawings can be. Not for the faint of heart (LIWP contains some unsavory shit) the detailed sketches are offset by simple captions that are whimsical and strange, the work of a clever graffiti artist or depressed poet. 1. Gordon Lish, caught in the moment. 2. Luke B. Goebel and Giancarlo DiTrapano of NY Tyrant, with Lish. One of the best parts is simply the introduction in which Atticus writes, “My primary goal in producing this book is to meet people with similar interests. It is my way of reaching out. Meeting people is so hard.” With this aura-soaked affair, a decadent mix of young and old, whose work has since been canonized or is soon to be released, there is no doubt the creative community was already eager to introduce themselves. *** –Sarah Lerner is the producer of Northside Film and the sales and event coordinator for the L Magazine. She is a publisher with Papercut Press and a regular Outlet contributor. 2 Responses Afternoon Bites: Carl Wilson Revisits Celine Dion, Tin House Science Fair, Atticus Lish Book Party, And More | Vol. 1 Brooklyn April 10, 2012 […] Atticus Lish’s book release party is recapped for Electric Literature. […] Reply Helen Weatherall November 22, 2014 Atticus’ book ‘Preparation for the Next Life’ will be the next book I read. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.