. . . or just its site?
It wasn't long after I posted my piece on the Boston Book Festival's track record of community-busting corporate sponsors that an unannounced change appeared on the BBF's website. Gone are the most obnoxious of the sugar daddies -- Bank of America, Verizon, and Target -- that the festival's organizers had so egregiously flattered and fellated on Twitter and elsewhere a year before. A coincidence, I'm sure, but a very gratifying one nonetheless.
Still, it's worth keeping an eye on the BBF's site, Twitter feed, and press releases, to see who might drop into the begging-bowl in the months leading up to this year's festival. In the meantime we can be confident that the BBF will remain a thoroughly corporate event, blandly unthreatening to the plutocracy and its servants and enforcers (i.e., what the organizers still really mean when they say "community"); the presence of 3 of the publishing mega-conglomerates (Hachette, Penguin/Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) can reassure us of that.