For the third year running, the Castro Writers’ Cooperative delivered a rousing rendition of a literary classic at Liquke’s Lit Crawl. Presented as a literary relay race, we each had 225 words to tell our piece of the story before passing the mic. This year’s book: 1984.

Orwell’s 1984  is currently on the New York Times Bestseller List with a 9,500% increase in sales at the beginning of 2017. Sounds like an AltFact but, in fact, it’s true. You can read more here. Our version, 1984 Part II, had a packed house at Fellow Barber. Fellow Barber, the Mission’s headquarters for great looking hair and beards, has graciously hosted us the last three years. While not a 9,500% increase in attendance, the crowd was as raucous as the writers. They laughed. They booed. They stood stoically when it all got a little too real. And though the 1984’s ending is arguably pessimistic, the Castro Writers’ Cooperative held on to hope, offering We Shall Persist as a mantra for the current AltReality we find ourselves in.