Real photographers plan in advance to take pictures of fireworks. Real photographers find a good place to stand with unobstructed views of the display. Real photographers keep an eye on the time, so that they don't have to run back to their apartment to get their camera when they hear the first detonations. Real photographers have sturdy tripods, and don't spend the evening kneeling in a puddle.
I think I like my pictures anyway.
New York, NY, USA -- 01 July 2007
According to the New York Times, Reverend Billy has been arrested at a Critical Mass protest in Union Square. Apparently the police don't take kindly to having people shout the First Amendment at them through a bullhorn.
Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping are regular — and entertaining — features of pretty much any New York parade or protest. Personally, I have a soft spot for anyone who treats important topics such as freedom of speech or assembly with deadly frivolousness. And it's hard not to admire someone who has his own page in the three-ring binder issued to Starbucks managers (
“What to do if Reverend Billy appears in your store”).
“Reverend Billy has a First Amendment right to recite the First Amendment,” says his lawyer. So say we all.