Naked Girls Reading has been around for more than four years and the New York Chapter has been around almost since the beginning. Coming up this October, the NYC chapter will be celebrating it’s four year anniversary, so we figured we’d introduce you the “Girl With the 44 Double D Brain”, Nasty Canasta, producer and naked girl extraordinaire.
What are you currently reading? Right now I’m re-reading a few of Dawn Powell’s novels – “The Locusts Have No King” and “The Wicked Pavilion.” She’s a little bit Dorothy Parker and a little bit F. Scott Fitzgerald, and her books are a wonderful wry picture of Bohemia-meets-high-society in postwar New York City.
What is your favorite book? Why? I’ve had to narrow it down to three, since I absolutely cannot pick just one! In no order:
“Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson – It’s the closest you’ll ever get to seeing inside Thompson’s brain … which is a place I’d love to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
“Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov – The man loved language so intensely and used it so impeccably that I can’t help reading aloud every time I pick it up.
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams – Simply put, this book has everything that’s important to me: sci-fi, comedy, Britishness and wise-assery.
What is your least favorite book? Why? Having grown up in the Massachusetts public school system, I had New England literature thrown at me like the sack of bricks it is; and to this day I simply cannot appreciate the desperate Puritan unhappiness of books like “Johnny Tremain” and “The Scarlet Letter.”
How long have you been reading naked? About 3 and a half years now!
What is it about reading naked that appeals to you? I love reading, I love performing, and I frequently forget to put pants on unless forcibly reminded to do so; reading naked is the perfect fusion of all these things.
What are the best/worst things about reading naked in public? The worst thing is constantly explaining to people who have never been what an amazing experience it is for readers and audiences alike; fortunately, the best thing is sharing such an incredible event – and the fact that, as soon as people *do* experience it themselves, they understand, too.
Tell me about your best naked reading experience? I hear time and again after our events that we’ve inspired audience members to read, to write, to be naked – and to combine all three. Every time I hear this, I’m so incredibly proud and delighted to be a Naked Girl.
Why Naked Girls Reading? It’s a loving, supportive, unique and beautiful. What is more fabulous than women and books?
What advice do you have for someone who wants to read naked? Do it! If you have even the slightest inclination, then jump in and try it. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be instantly hooked!