commented on The Morning News: Seattle Times Goes After "Rampaging" Protesters, Says They're "Doing More Harm Than Good"
Pandering? Our Mayor? Perhaps much of the time, but in this case he was being unusually candid and honest. Say whatever you want about the guy, and lots of people have made up lots of shit to justify their agenda, but when you've got an unarmed 18 year old with his hands in the air, 150 feet away (and not 35, like the lying cops tried to say, as if it would make a difference...) shot down in cold blood, then murder is what it is, and what you call it. If you want to be "polite", you could call it homicide. Anything else is just being dishonest and weaselly.
Oct 1, 2013
commented on Slog Poll: Getting Over the Beast Cold/Flu
Kill it with garlic. Order a half pie from Piecora's Pizza of whatever your favorite toppings are (mine's usually Italian Sausage and green peppers) and roasted garlic. Tell them you're sick and would like them to go 'heavy on the garlic'. They've always done it for me...
Eat the whole damn thing. You will not want to be alone with yourself in enclosed spaces for the next couple of days, but you *will* feel better and faster.
Sep 14, 2013
commented on The Lies of the Artists
I am so reminded here of Tom Wolfe's classic piece on contemporary art, 'The Painted Word'.
I am fascinated by bit about the lawyers that bought the steel sculpture. Were they buying the art because they loved the art or because they loved the 'story' behind the art? Did the artwork become less appealing when its story became less appealing? How does that work?
The rest of the article seems to be examples of more of the same kind of thinking.
Nobody likes to lied to, nobody likes to be fooled, but the upper echelons of the art world seem to be made up of people who -want- to be lied to and like to tell interesting lies to each other. But they have to be really *interesting* and very sincere sounding lies, or they don't have real value.
The 'myth building' that successful artists (and others) have to participate in to achieve success seems to look a lot -like- lying, at least until enough people (or the *right* people) buy into and invest in the myth enough that they want it to -be- the truth and aren't interested in anything else.
To paraphrase the Bertie Stone character from one of my favorite movies about art, "The Moderns", "Art has value because I'm willing to pay for it." Today it seems that people are only willing to pay for art with the right story.
Jul 19, 2013
commented on My Parents Told Me the Sad Truth About America
Mudede, I think of you as one of the most pompous, self-inflated, incoherent, self-indulgent and simply bad writers that the Stranger has ever hosted on its pages, and I've never been shy about expressing that.
Which is why I think it's also important to acknowledge when you've written something that's thoughtful, elegant, coherent and sadly, painfully true. I wish it were not so, but it is.