“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd.” – Flannery O’Connor
Immediate Release, San Francisco, CA — San Francisco is a metropolis recognized the world over for being – let’s own it – a bit odd. Odd is good. Odd is outside of normal. Odd can offer a perspective of insight. In that spirit, espoused Noe Valley literati Ramón Sender Barayón and Judith Levy-Sender have forged their own unique contribution to San Francisco culture: Odd Mondays.
Since 2001, Ramón and Judith have been searching out artists, educators, activists, professionals, spiritual leaders, and intellectuals. They convene in Noe Valley, on the odd numbered Mondays of each month, showcasing what they feel to be the brightest minds of their community. Thirteen years later, the Odd Mondays speaker series has blossomed into a creative and intellectual forum for San Francisco artists and thinkers.
From the event website:
“Odd Mondays features distinguished guests and explores a variety of themes, including education, human rights, intentional community, and unusual spiritual paths.”
On Monday, September 9th, San Francisco’s Odd Mondays speaker series hosts science fiction writer Suhail Rafidi, author of TJ & Tosc: A Field Guide For Life After Western Culture (Shelldive). Suhail Rafidi will perform a reading from his latest release, followed by a question and answer discussion.
“I am delighted to be an Odd Mondays feature,” notes Mr. Rafidi. “A call from Ramón Sender Barayón was more than I imagined.”
TJ & Tosc: A Field Guide For Life After Western Culture, is science fiction mystery adventure which recounts the story of Salvador Tosc, an artificial intelligence who used to be a human being. Since its 2012 publication, TJ & Tosc has garnered increasing cult renown. The tale is currently being adapted into a prog rock operetta by LA based composer Ryan Hurtgen.
Suhail Rafidi’s works explore the destiny of human values in a technological landscape. He is currently writing a TJ & Tosc sequel, due for release in 2014. Additionally, Rafidi appeared this year at the Noe Valley Author’s Festival and the Pravic Magazine Science Fiction Extravaganza.
Ramón Sender Barayón is a writer, visual artist, and composer. He co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1962, which has since been incorporated into Mills College. His latest publication is an anthology of short stories and essays, entitled Planetary Sojourn.
“I met Suhail Rafidi at the Noe Valley Author’s Festival,” tells Mr. Sender. “His forward thinking perspective and diverse background sparked a thought in me that he would be a good fit for Odd Mondays.”
Judith Levy-Sender is a poet and activist with a particular interest in children’s education and human rights. Her second poetry anthology, Transitions: Visible and Invisible (Calm Unity Press) was published in 2011. She also designs and produces her own line of tote bags. Mrs. Levy-Sender appeared this year at Books, Inc., of Opera Plaza.
“We started Odd Mondays thirteen years ago, in the wake of 9/11,” she explains, “to build community and foster local knowledge of global culture.”