It just doesn’t have a ring to it–hey, I’m going to Bread Loaf! I’m going to be a waiter!
Usual Response: Uh, cool. You’re waiting tables at a bakery?
Me: That’s the name of the mountain! It’s a writers’ conference!
Usual Response: Weren’t you a waiter, like years ago? Aren’t you over being a waiter?
Usual Response: And you’re going to wait tables? Wait on a bunch of writers? They don’t tip well, I bet.
Me: It’s an honor!
Usual Response: An honor. Is cleaning the toilet an even bigger honor?
Me: Really, it’s an honor!
Usual Response: Whatever man….
Me: Really! I swear! It’s a work-study fellowship for fiction!
Never a prophet in your own country. Antonya Nelson was a waiter. Langston Hughes was a waiter.
Bet they got the same shit, too.
An insider’s account on what it’s like to be a waiter at Bread Loaf, from Slate
Another insider’s account, but from the point of view of the social staff
What Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker had to say about it
A short film about Bread Loaf, on what it’s like on the mountaintop