With this year’s BEA returning to New York- where it should stay- I went to the site to secure my place in these three days of literary nirvana. My euphoria was short lived when I ran into what can only be described as applying for papers to enter East Germany.
Registration used to be like going to any other convention: type in your info, make your payment, get your conformation number and see ya at the show. Now I know there’s been issues in the past of knuckleheads and lowlifes using the BEA to load up on freebies and pawn them off on eBay and all, so I’ve no problem with them taking steps to curb that bullshit. I get it. But…
Who came up with this shit- Homeland Security?!? My first thought upon seeing all this was “…but I already live in the US!!!” I work in the Security field and I’ve had less stringent job applications than this!
So now I’m actually sitting here crafting responses to this nonsense, because it’s already to the point of morbid curiousity just to see if I get clearance… I mean, approved- nah, fuck it- clearance!- to attend the damn thing.