Tuesday, May 5, 2009


As a place of intellectual and literary ferment, New York City is not what it was. Right now Philadelphia is what New York was.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Protest!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Great Show

Was the highlight of the event the flaming Volcano which brought the Philadelphia Fire Department to the event? Was it Mark Brunetti angering the crowd by reading politically incorrect poetry by Mike Noordsy? Was it Carnevolution antics by sideshow performers Matt, Eric, and Betty? Was it poet Steve McNamara of Walking English, or poet John Petrolini? Was it literary theater by Rebecca Roe with cohorts Alabaster and St. Scribbly?

There was a lot to choose from-- a rotating feast of underground art. Brunetti and Philly's Frank Walsh put on a fantastic event. I was proud to be part of it. A good time was had by all those who attended, who were by turns outraged and entertained, but not bored.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

See the Show!

Big ULA/Idiom show at the Rotunda this Saturday, March 7. I'm scheduled to read, among many others. Check it out!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Culture Shock

Here I am back in Philly for a visit-- for how long I can't say-- and am suffering from culture shock. Not just from the more amenable weather, but the realization that Philadelphia is in the middle of a boom. Yes, believe it. From the first sight of vibrant Chinatown from the window of a Greyhound bus, to the seeming new buildings and businesses everyplace, to people everywhere on sidewalks, the center of the metropolis is starkly different from the very stark city of Detroit. Hard to believe that the two cities were once of comparable size and prosperity. Count your blessings, Philadelphians-- stop comparing yourself to New York City and realize what shape you're in as one of the great American cities.