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Euclid Tavern reading to focus on classics, from ancient Rome to gritty Cleveland

September 28, 2018

Euclid Tavern reading to focus on classics, from ancient Rome to gritty Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Michael DeCapite wanted a life of adventure after graduating from Euclid High School. His vehicle for finding it, however, wasn’t a military uniform or a backpack and a train ticket.

It was a taxi cab – and the flexible hours and colorful characters were as much as of a lure as the cash money he’d collect at the end of his shift.

He met gamblers like Fast Eddie. Nighthawks drinking coffee late into the night. Street-smart bums wandering the back alleys of Cleveland.

DeCapite wanted to see the world through soot-covered windshield and then actually touch it – and write about it.

His resulting novel, “Through the Windshield,” is a travelogue of a restless spirit in a city at night. Set in Cleveland in 1983, it’s getting another ride 20 years after it was released.

At 7 p.m. Friday Sept. 28, the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern – 11625 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland -- will host “Through the Windshield: Unseen People in Big Cities.”

The event will feature readings that explore overlooked people in cities spanning from ancient Rome to Cleveland. It’s hosted by Tom Palaima and Paul Hay, who will be joined by guests to voice classic poems by Juvenal and Catullus, texts by Studs Terkel, lyrics by Juke Boy Bonner and Bob Dylan and, yes, excerpts from “Through the Windshield.” It runs until 9 p.m.

Admission is free. For more info, call 216-231-5400.

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