What makes a reading a success in your eyes?

Can I answer this as a writer?


MC: As a performer, I think I can kind of instinctively tell based on the energy in the room. I feel like giving a reading is not about validating your ego, but about putting yourself out there in a way where you can feel the gap between yourself and the audience closing. I gave a reading last night and I swear, even before the fucking thing was over, it felt like the whole audience was giving me a hug. I didn’t even have to look up to know that–I was projecting my love to them, and they laughed and they sighed and they clapped and they took deep breaths at all the places that made me feel those feelings. So to me, I know a reading is a success when I walk off the stage and I feel love.

Tyler Gof Barton asked me some questions about readings and this is what I came up with.



Rachel Hyman’s Dear S is now available for preorder.

Advance praise for Dear S:

“There’s a disturbing intimacy that smoulders throughout Dear S - and it is built like a fire is built: first locate everything you have close at hand that you know will burn (memories of yourself, of all the people you’ve known, all the in- & ex- plicable things that you’ve done) and then arrange it to make sure everything catches (or, as Rachel would say, “I wordsmith my life into something I can / stand”). Then you throw the match - not because you want a fire but because you just have to see what happens. So you watch, you study closely, as it all goes up in flames.“
-Nate Pritts