what i realized while lunching with martha
Actually, I wasn't really lunching with Martha, just her minions. I mean they were nice people and all but my interview for the Associate Garden Editor position wasn't exactly the dream job I was hoping it could be. Before walking in there, I always had a more than normal amount of respect for Martha mostly because I think her insider trading charges were ridiculous and she's built a "Mass Class" empire out of the wonderful things in life; like cooking, traveling, gardening. It's nice to find a lady in the big city who you can exchange recipes with... and I also think she's done a good job keeping respect from everyone at the table as far as demographic - especially in the city. Anyway, after sitting with a script reading HR woman I then met with the editor of the gardening dept. He's nice enough, polite, non-intimidating but the things that come out of his mouth were so so boring. "there are no interesting gardens in the south" " we like to do our shoots in New England and in San Fransisco where the sophisticated horticulture lives" "we can't shoot or write about any gardens in the south because it was all created out of function not aesthetic" ...... How boring and sad. So as he is talking I am realizing how inappropriate it was for me to think that I would fit in well at this place and gets me thinking about how many amazing places I forget to photograph or mean to write about which is why I am making it my Fulltime Nighttime project to share all information on gardening topics in urban and non-urban areas. Which is why I'm back in sticking my toe in the blog water, which is very crowded but ... whatever. Sharing gardening practice should not only be about aesthetic - it is also about trading practical information. I know for a fact that I will learn more from someone who has needed to garden as a way to live than from someone who feels the need to to write and photograph an article about Begonia's - although i love unique varieties of Begonia's, to talk about it with a bunch of upper class - suburban white people sitting around in a white room with Martha logo's everywhere seems like a guaranteed descent into depression. Opinions on taste and aesthetic are so boring from trained professionals...am i right? Sorry for the long rant - just something that happened to me today.