Thursday, July 29, 2010
For the record: the main reason the marathon did not take place in Philadelphia is that we (the Philly people) were unable to see eye-to-eye with the Boog people (Jim and David) on the basic objectives of the marathon. We found it impossible to collaborate with Jim, whose tone was insulting--he spoke to us as if we were his employees. That kind of nonsense doesn't work over here. So we canned the idea. It wouldn't have been worth it. Jim refused to negotiate even the name of the festival (he insisted on calling it "BoogPhilly 76"--how cheesy is that?), gave us orders and referred to us as "people on the ground."
I should have guessed there might be a problem from David's initial call, when he told me the reason they wanted to have a festival in Philadelphia was so they could see a Mets-Phillies game. They never expressed any knowledge, interest or even curiosity about poetry in Philadelphia. Are poets lazy here? Maybe. But Jim and David certainly would have no idea. Anyway, most of us here have, uh, jobs.
Hope it's a blast in Boston. Never been there, but I've heard it's a great place if you've got a lot of money to splash around in. I wonder what all the poets there will be singing about . . .