This house is so silent. Where could Willie be at this hour? And Barnabas. Where are you? Where? You wouldn’t just disappear. Something must have happened to you. Something terrible. But what? What?”

Julia’s monologue is broken by the sound of sobbing. In the basement, Ghost Josette stands by the wall that encloses Barnabas, crying. But she disappears when she sees Julia.

*Ladies, you two need to have a conference about the latest fine mess Barnabas has got himself into.

Where do I belong? Where do I fit? Who are my people? Where do my loyalties lie? We all choose out tribe. It’s that need to belong, to live within boundaries, cos it’s scary out there, on the fringes. Some labels are forced on us. They mark us, set us apart until we’re like ghosts, drifting through other people’s lives. But only if we let the labels hold. You can piss your whole life away trying out who you might be. It’s when you’ve worked out who you are that you can really start to live.
—  John Mitchell, Another Fine Mess

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn

  • On Tuesday, March 18th, at 7 p.m., we’ll nerd out over sitcoms with Saul Austerlitz (Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy). His new book, Sitcom, chronicles the format in twenty-four episodes, from I Love Lucy to Community. Proceedings include a multimedia presentation, Q&A session, and a signing. Okay, we don’t have a big cushy couch, but still, seating is ample!
  • On Thursday, March 12th, at 7 p.m., we’ll celebrate science, both real and imagined, and teen literature. We’ll be joined by author Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star, The Year of the Beasts) and friends Andy Marino (Uncrashable Dakota, The Door), and Eliot Schrefer (Endangered, Threatened). They’ll discuss science in YA, they’ll take your questions, and they’ll sign your books.  That’s a win-win-win! 

Coming soon to a WORD Brooklyn near you: Eloisa James and Lady X; The Jesus Lizard and The Jesus Lizard Book; and Humor Writing with Gotham Writers Workshop. No popcorn, but honestly, we probably have donuts somewhere around here. See you soon!