See www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/4973 for photos of last year's big PEN soiree.
The person I don't get is Francine Prose, who's the house ideologue for the current literary regime; a Suslov character, with about as much commitment as Suslov to open debate.
You'd think that the establishment's "best and brightest" would be willing to prove their cred; to demonstrate against actual competition the strength of their ideas-- whenever challenged they can only hide. A handful of bought-and-paid-for bootlickers come onto my blogs under phony names, but nobody will openly challenge my facts, my arguments, and my ideas. Why is that, do you think?