Nov 5, 2014
commented on Savage Love
Per The Globe and Mail, Ghomeshi was fired before the story in the Toronto Star was published, not after. In short, he was fired for the wrong reason - his extensive documentation of his purportedly consensual BDSM relationships freaked out the-powers-that-be at the CBC - but it turned out that he absolutely deserved to be fired.
Jan 22, 2014
commented on How Privilege Protects You
Thanks for this. I read the Hannan piece, Simmons' apology - and to be fair, it did strike me as a genuine apology, which is rare in this media world - and Christina Kharl's trenchant critique all at once yesterday. I hadn't thought of it in the perspective of the sort of unthinking privilege you describe.
BTW, it's "Kahrl," not "Kahrle."
Dec 22, 2013
commented on A Writer's Prayer
This was terrific, thanks. The best bit of literary history and criticism I've read in a long while in/at The Stranger.
Oct 31, 2013
commented on Who Is the Scariest of Them All?
Could actually exist (and torture/kill me): Leatherface.
Viscerally terrifying but not real: Darth Vadar. Being dropped off at the theatre and watching Star Wars by myself at age eight and seeing this black-clad human robot thing choke someone to death and then casually toss the body up against a bulkhead. That stays with you.
Oct 30, 2013
commented on I, Anonymous: It's Coming from INSIDE THE BUILDING!
@25:Seriously why is this so hard to parse:
"..., and finally a blast of hideous guffawing reports that paints the walls and makes the little hairs on your cochlea shudder at 90 paces"
Because it's poorly written. Or rather, poorly edited. "Reports" is from an earlier draft and was meant to be deleted. The revised version still answers to the charge of poor writing, though.
Jul 11, 2013
commented on Fun Wolves and Coelacanths
"H. Jon Benjamin, a new funny favorite of mine"
Well, some bad news and some good news. The bad news, for me at least, is that I'm really old. The good news for you: "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist." The nine-CD box set is one of the most worth-it things of all time.