Portfolio Coffeehouse, 2300 E. 4th St., will host an installment of Long Beach Writers Read featuring local authors reading, answering questions and selling copies of their recently published works. On Monday, Jan. 23, author Greggory Moore will read from his book The Use of Regret, from 7pm to 8:30pm.
The Use of Regret, a novel in 100-plus intricately interconnected sections, is one man’s eternally recirculating journey though the truths and fictions and fantasies of a life that has left him with grave regrets about his absences and the person he turned out to be. Through his mental travels readers (re)visit the paradoxical unions of singularity and plurality, separateness and togetherness, and language and the non-linguistic by way of considering the United States as both a single entity and a construction of 300 million minds.
Except for his first two years of life in Ohio and a much later four-month stay in Comoros, a third-worldy island nation in the Indian Ocean between southern Africa and Madagascar, Moore has always resided in Southern California, including his current digs in a historical landmark in downtown Long Beach. While here, he has contributed to a number of local newspapers, as well as literary and film journals.