Friday, October 15, 2004


Standing room only! The Kelly Writers House was packed for the PhillySound event in the 215 Festival. The triumphant return of Kevin Varrone and Linh Dinh, along with some amazing new poems by Frank Sherlock, some Salem hysteria from Hassen, and more zany poems by Ish Klein.

It was one of those nights where I sat in the audience, in awe of my friends, knowing that there's some magic in this town that KICKS ASS!

And MAN ALIVE was I happy to hear from Emily Missner! She's a librarian from Drexel University who spoke to us about Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which deals mostly with FBI authority over our library records. To be honest, I wish we could have heard more from Emily, wish we could have had a bit of Q&A with her. She's someone to listen to, and brings the much deserved respect librarians have coming to them as truly bad ass activists in this fight to preserve our hold on our rights to access information, and to preserve our privacy in that access.

Much thanks to Jennifer Sneed and Tom Devaney for their continued support for such important events. And also for providing some delicious refreshments! What a GREAT night! Thanks again!


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