Q. What’s the deal with this #OccupyWallStreet business?

A. Conceived by the instigator-Americans over at Adbusters, the Occupy Wall Street protests are a means of expressing dissatisfaction with global-elite mega-capitalists by annoying the living crap out of them. They were reportedly inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Syria, and their ideology is likewise subject to a range of interpretation and attractive to a range of groups that don’t agree on much else. But they’re pretty exciting! Those Scientology-hating V for Vendetta dudes showed up! And there are poets there!

Q. Such as?

Betsy Fagin is representing, which piqued the interest of The New Yorker. CA Conrad made the trip from Philly and checked in with HuffPo. Most importantly, Flying Object is sweetening the pot with cheap books!

Q. What else is going on in New York?

A. A lot of hustle, a bit of bustle, and a lot of blatant disregard for the “DO NOT TAILGATE” signs. Also, bar-owner Bob Holman has his dukes up for the controversial Bowery Poetry Club. And James Franco is doing his art-bro thing.

Q. I’ve been… sort of… seeing this person. It’s been awhile and I’m a little freaked out about it. Can Jim Behrle help?

A. Natch. At the least, you’ll have fun keeping track of his insane range of references.

Q. Cool! Who else brings together a lot of subjects that have no obvious relation to one another?

A. Paging Bill Egginton.

Q. Why can’t I find any Sacheverell Sitwell books these days?

A. Your suffering will soon end. Thanks in part to everyone who ponied up for all those Harry Potter books.

Q. You look a little down. What’s up?

A. Well, aside from the unrelenting existential dread, we lost Emanuel Litvinoff today. At least he didn’t have to see this, which is nauseating. But, really, it’s all good.

Q. That about covers it! Any parting advice?

A. Don’t screw around with South Dakotans..

Originally Published: October 1st, 2011