new york has such a vibrant literary scene it seemed tragic that the litcrawl, which took place in the city on september 10th, was less than inspiring. the event spanned various locations around the east village during one evening. venues were so spread out, it was difficult to navigate the event in a timely manner, or to make a workable plan of action for a smooth crawl.
i only realized just how disorganized the ny litcrawl was when i arrived in san francisco earlier this week and perused the program for the event here. a super user-friendly map of all the locations adorn a centerfold in the booklet that shows all the events in all their color-coded glory. not only that, but the three phases of the SF crawl have been placed on a geographical progression along valencia street in order to minimize chaos, save time getting from one event to another, and, i imagine, create a sense of community as folks move between venues.
ok, so i haven’t been to the SF crawl yet (it’s not until tonight), but it seems to be arranged in a way that, as a non-SF-native at least, i appreciate. and i can’t wait!