The Fabulists

I’m so excited. I just got tickets to this New Yorker Festival panel discussion:

When Reality Fails
Fantasy and invention in fiction.
Deborah Treisman, moderator. With Martin Amis, Judy Budnitz, A. M. Homes, Stephen King, and George Saunders.

I’m a little worried, though. These five writers all on stage together could mean a completely fascinating discussion, but on the other hand, might it not be dangerous to have such wildly, viciously creative minds all in such close proximity to each other? Will the blood of adulterous suburban medical professionals leak from their microphones? Will the table they sit at transmogrify into a giant hell-pony? Will Ms. Treisman have to fight off an army of tiny red demon-babies, disgorged from the jaws of the hell-pony, armed with letter openers, dirty needles, sporks, and dildos? Will each of the five writers spontaneously sprout enormous fiery wings and wrench the New York Public Library from its foundations, up into the stratosphere, through a wormhole in the time-space continuum, and back to Shakespeare’s London? We’ll just have to wait and see.