ALL-TIME AMERICAN WRITERS TOURNAMENT
Writers and their fans love a party.
Ernest Hemingway was able to squeeze in some trout fishing at a nearby river early that morning.
Fans of Walt Whitman greeted his entrance into town, then followed him everywhere.
We were surprised at how much trash talking the “Big Four” writers did at the event, especially Mark Twain and Whitman. Apparently it’s an American tradition of long standing. You get a hint of this in our initial report.
Our reporter Mel Diper (@meldiper) did three interviews before becoming indisposed. Here are statements gleaned from his notes:
Poet Maya Angelou: “I was exquisitely gratified by the experience, I truly was. A spring tonic to renew the spirit. Such men. I feared entanglement with brutes! But they were, all four of them– even Ernest– very charming.”
Participatory Journalist George Plimpton: “I met the organizer of this event once before, you know. Don’t trust him!” (To a waitress): “I believe I’ll have a be-ah.” (Note: beer.) “It’s been ye-ahs” (years) “since I had one.” (An assistant of Plimpton’s pays for the beer. Like many writers of his station, George never carries money.)
Critic/Novelist Mary McCarthy: “Young man, have you been drinking too much? You are not looking well!”
Stay tuned for more reports from the venue!