His "millions" of Liverpool relatives ("in fact, they're breeding as we speak") would never dream of calling him Sir Paul, he told the Manhattan audience at his poetry reading last week. Such humility poses an interesting paradox to some - a humble knight who insists on going first class. One New York publicist who succeeded in acquiring one of the few interviews he granted last week noted that Sir Paul has achieved the clout to have almost total control over his work and how his work is presented. For example, he chose the elegant walnut-paneled hall of the 92nd Street Y as the venue for his only American poetry reading, fully aware that this room had previously hosted such literary icons as Dylan Thomas and Seamus Heaney. According to the publicist: "When you're dealing with Paul McCartney, you do things his way, and then you say thank you."
Yet he impressed Bob Weil, the executive editor of his poetry book, with his humble and dedicated work ethic. Mr. Weil remarked that he was impressed not only by the wisdom displayed in his work but also by how Sir Paul agonized over "a word choice, the placement of a stanza, the order of the poems. This is a man who doesn't delegate, doesn't leave it to a staff. If he's going to be a writer, he's going to do it personally. This is a man who has never lost his sense of self. He has not isolated himself in a cloud."
Rejecting the notion that he is "a Renaissance man", Sir Paul says rather that, "I have a passion for things." During recent conversation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he asked the "spry old codger" for guidance. His one word directive: "Enjoy" and that, says Sir Paul, is what he intends to do.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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