Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low Flying Duck
Stories From 2nd Story
“The stories are endlessly relatable and their tellers are true masters of the craft, able to make you laugh, make you cry, and make you want to do it all over again once you’ve finished. This collection will demand, and receive, return trips from its readers.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Since early man carved bison and spears on cave walls, humankind has been telling stories. Today, short personal essays are a mainstay on the airways, the web, and in theaters and bars across the country. This anthology brings the vibrant oral tradition to the page through the work of 2nd Story, a Chicago-based collective of story-makers and story-lovers working to build community through storytelling. We culled through ten years of archived performances to select the twenty-three essays presented in this collection. Each was adapted from the stage to the page.
Since 2002, 2nd Story has hosted story-sharing performances and workshop/classes that fuse page, stage, and sound to deliver a unique live literary/theatrical experience. The stories range from the serious to the silly and can at once provoke and entertain. Each story is combined with musical accompaniment to enhance the spoken story and the pregnant pause. A typical show consists of four (or three or five) stories dispersed throughout the evening like courses in a meal.