Tom Fallon <email@example.com> wrote:
Boycott the Superbowl! But, if you do boycott the Superbowl, what literary event will you attend next Sunday?
Tom Fallon / Webmaster
Rumford Falls, Maine
Why the f#*k should anybody boycott the Superbowl?
What do you think about men playing a kids' game - with such ferocity? What do you think about the Babbitts who have changed the game from what it is supposed to be? Mammon be damned!
I grew up a Baptist minister's son. As a result, I abominate sermons and people who are holier-than-me. Who do you think you are? Your recent blog-type pronouncements from your artist's pulpit are at best annoying and at worst reprehensible. If you wish to push your own poetry, good enough; if you wish to proselytize for the arts, that's fine, but if you intend to attack other people's pleasures and penchants for no other reason than that you think everybody ought to think and act the way you do, that makes you a demagogue.
Maine is a hockey state. I dislike hockey because I can't follow the puck, but I love football because I played it in school as a kid and I enjoy ritual combat. Do I use my blog to tell everyone they ought to boycott the Stanley Cup game and watch the Superbowl instead? I don't. I watch the Superbowl one Sunday a year, and the rest of the year I labor in the vineyards of literature because that's what I've done my whole life.
You need to get your roles straight. If you're a poet, be one; if you're a popularizer of the arts, okay. But if you think you're a censor, join the Religious Right and continue to speak ex cathedra to the rest of the intolerant jerks in an otherwise free country.
I wasn't politically correct, eh? Now that makes me
No, you weren't tolerant of other people; i.e., those
bourgeois "Babbitts" you mentioned. (I haven't
heard that word in a long time. I made a pun about
Victor Mature to a young person a while back. All
I got in return was a blank stare. We've gotten old,