OLD JOY

Will Oldham reads from Rudy Wurlitzer’s re-released novel

The experimental works of novelist and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer have lately been having a revival of sorts. His films (which include the 1973 western Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid for Sam Peckinpah) were all recently made available on DVD, and now Drag City has released an audiobook of his novel Slow Fade, narrated by the inscrutable folk singer-songwriter Will Oldham (the print version will be released later this summer after being out of print for many years). The novel, informed by Wurlitzer’s experiences in Hollywood, concerns a legendary 71-year-old film director who’s having a breakdown on the set of his new film as he faces pressures from the studio execs and his restive young wife. This afternoon, you can catch Oldham read from the book at Spoonbill & Sugartown. Acid-folk guitarist Ben Chasny (a/k/a Six Organs of Admittance) provides the live musical accompaniment, and Chasny’s partner in the side project 200 Years, Elisa Ambrogio, gives a special reading to open the program. Can’t get out of work? Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Oldham will be at Anthology Film Archives for a reading and conversation before a screening of Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid. At 3, Spoonbill & Sugartown, 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-387-7322, free; at 7:30, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 212-505-5181, $9
Fri., April 29, 3 p.m., 2011

 
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