Jonathan Ames reads at Hopleaf, Tues Dec 9th

A few  years back, my friend Laura was telling me about a book she was reading that was really funny, one of the highlights involving the author’s friend, a performance artist known as the Mangina (aka Harry Chandler). As it happened, I had actually met Chandler—my friend Katherine Chronis was taking a road trip with the gifted photographer Donna Ferrato and their third traveling companion was none other than the Mangina himself. On their way through Chicago they had stopped by my studio for a beer.

So when Laura alerted me to the existence of the Mangina it was pretty funny to be able to respond, “oh, I’ve met the mangina.” The book was “My Less Than Secret Life” by Jonathan Ames. Little did I know at that time that a couple years later I would be spending a long day with Ames at the Odeum in Villa Park taking photographs at Gothicfest for a Spin article he was writing.

Well, Ames will be back in Chicago for a Bookslut-sponsored reading at the Hopleaf on Tuesday, December 9th. It should be a treat–Ames is a brilliant writer and highly entertaining in person.

Below are a few of the Gothicfest photos.

(left to right) Michelle Russo, Jonathan Ames, Marc Seawell at Gothicfest 2005. Photo: Jim Newberry
(left to right) Michelle Russo, Jonathan Ames, Marc Seawell at Gothicfest 2005. Photo: Jim Newberry
A goth girl and her dad at Gothicfest 2005. Photo: Jim Newberry
A goth girl and her dad at Gothicfest 2005. Photo: Jim Newberry
David Wilcox at Gothicfest 2005. Photo: Jim Newberry
David Wilcox at Gothicfest 2005. Photo: Jim Newberry