My friend Ariel is a regular literary connoisseur and she invited me to the first night of Litquake last night. I don't know much, but I know I love it (channeling Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt).
We went to Suckered: Writers Confess a Profound Lack of Judgment. Basically, 8 different authors got up there and told ten minute stories. They vacillated between amazing and not so much. My two favorites were April Sinclair and Jonathan Ames. Sinclair told a story about Whoopi Goldberg but peppered it with lot's of good Southside Chicago-isms. Ames brought the freaking house down with a story about his passage to manhood. If anyone knows him and can reccomend some of his pieces, I'd really like to read his stuff. Post in the comments.
Litquake will be going for a few more weeks. Check it out.
Just for fun, enjoy this YouTube clip. :)