The final tallies are in: Thanks to Jonathan Franzen, some local musicians and a band -- but apparently not Hair Balls, even though we did our part -- San Francisco'sProgressive Reading Series
will be donating 276 recycling bins to the hapless city of Houston.
But eventually the walls of bureaucracy came crumbling down in the face of self-satisfied preening.
In honor of the recipient of their largesse, a cover band at the event sang "Dirty Old Town," a song made famous by The Pogues.
But we prefer the excerpt from one of the readers at the standing-room-only event:
Ali Wong cried: “Oh Progressive Reading Series, you’re all so serious. Girls with bangs and glasses, Rainbow Grocery employees smelling of hummus and privilege!”
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We couldn't have said it better.
Stephen Elliott, the man behind it all, wrote up the night for the Huffington Post. Look hard, reader, for any mention of us; you'll be looking in vain.
And I already have a recycling bin, so I won't be getting any of that booty either.
-- Richard Connelly