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Writers reveal their ‘bad habits’ at Frank’s Lounge

Mike Edison will read at the upcoming “Bad Habits” reading at Frank’s Cocktail Lounge in Fort Greene next week. Stephanie Bok, his foil in this completely unstaged photograph, organizes the monthly series.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

A throng of artists will morph Fort Greene’s famous old man bar into the confessional booth of watering holes for a night of “bad habits-themed” storytelling.

Writers, actors and musicians — including Mike Edison, the hedonistic former editor of Screw magazine — will use songs, monologues, spoken word, and, of course, haiku to fill Frank’s Cocktail Lounge with musings on habits such as zit-picking, cleavage-staring and judging strangers based on footwear.

Edison has plenty of “bad habits” to choose from: He has fashioned a bong from his guitar, worked in the porn industry and will argue the merits of methamphetamine with newspaper reporters — but this month, he won’t touch those vices.

“None of that is my worst habit,” he said. “Mine is throwing out my Con Ed bill; I have a feeling they’re over-charging me. And, you know, I just don’t trust them.”

Another performer, actor Paul Boocock, said his reading will focus on the way “one bad habit leads to another in life.”

“For me, sticking my finger in my nose was a gateway drug,” he jokes.

The show is part of a “writing cabaret” — dubbed Write Night — that switches themes such as “My first…” and “Deal breakers” and is staged every other month. It’s produced by South Oxford Space’s theater girl Stephanie Bok, who chose the 36-year-old Frank’s to give the show an unpretentious setting.

“It’s a really comfortable vibe,” Bok said. “And it’s subject matter everyone can identify with.”

Write Night at Frank’s Cocktail Lounge [660 Fulton St. at S. Elliott Place in Fort Greene,(718) 625-9339]. Sept. 22, 7:30 pm. Free.

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