It’s not every day that I get to read with a writer who is frequently compared to William Gaddis and Thomas Pynchon. I did have that opportunity last night, though, when I read with the fiction writer Joseph McElroy and poets Sandra Liu, Marina Weiss, and Ben Purkert. This event was organized by Patrick Gallagher as part of his Animal Farm Reading Series, and it took place in the back room at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. All of the work astounded me, but I was especially grateful to hear Joseph read from his new novel, Cannonball. Thanks to my fellow readers, and to Patrick for organizing such a great event.