Monday, October 27, 2008

Montana Festival of the Book

The literary event of the year was a roaring success this past weekend. Readings by Bill Kittredge, Tom McGuane, Rick Bass and Idaho's Kim Barnes headlined the festival.

I was happy to finally meet Tom McGuane after interviewing him a month ago for a story. On stage he's a mixture of Mark Twain and Will Rogers, a master at making his characters come to life and eliciting raucous laughter from the audience be it from his personal ancedotes of drunken excursions in his early days in Montana with friend and fellow author Jim Harrison, or with the quips of fictional cohorts drawn so vividly we know them by the time the story ends. McGuane is a first rate entertainer in every way, an American literary legend. I'm honored to walk the same paths he trode and still does.

Montana is one special place.



Blogger ahmed said...

This is from Marc Coopers blog. Who keeps postinmg your articles there in the first place?

Michael Balter Says:

November 12th, 2008 at 10:23 am
Marty Monroe, I am afraid your wife is not reading enough high quality journalism, or she would realize that this piece by Mark York–as with the other pieces by York that mysteriously get posted here–are actually pretty mediocre. My first year newswriting students at Boston University are already doing much better and the semester is not even over yet. York’s writing is pedestrian, unimaginative, overstuffed with details unimportant to the average reader, and his ledes and kickers show very little spark. Also, his stories have little universal appeal, making them of interest only to the local readers of the Enterprise and not the sophistication, cosmopolitan readership of this blog.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Hey ahmed, thanks. I have no idea who is doing it. Probably Woody or Doper. I'll address Balter in my own way.

12:44 PM  
Blogger ahmed said...

I've got no real beef with you anymore, Yorkster. I should tell you, just to be fair, that I've commneted on this over at Coopers as well. cheers

3:24 PM  

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