Friday, August 29, 2008

The morning news

We are all, every day, becoming more and more like ourselves. But some days it seems we're more like ourselves than usual!

If, for example, you ever doubted the silver tongue of pundit David Brooks (left) was disguising an envious sneer, read this. (Also note someone in the comments points out Brooks plagiarized his best lines from Woody Allen.)

Likewise, to fully understand the clever vapidity of Globe reviewer Wesley Morris - and the strange belief of his generation that entertainment always trumps politics - read this.

And afterwards, for the cherry on this little journalistic sundae, be sure and check out Geoff Edgers's po-faced take on the demise of Snappy Dance Theater. Sometimes, I admit, I can't decide whether Edgers is a blank slate or some kind of genius. He even goes to the Boston Foundation's evil anti-funding queen Ann McQueen for a quote! Peerlessly hypocritical, McQueen affects sudden grief at the kind of outcome she herself was calling for not six months ago. Odd that she should have changed her tune, when nobody else has!


  1. I'm uncertain which is more alarming: Wesley Morris' review or the fact that his editors assigned him to the story. He's reviewing a documentary. Some attention to the style and production values is certainly in order, but only after addressing the substance of the argument and the quality and quantity of the facts used to make that argument.

    And thanks for pointing out Ms. McQueen's mock horror that a popular and artistically successful modern dance company can't survive in this local economy.

  2. I quite agree that Wesley Morris is somehow even more alarming than Ty Burr. If anything, he's actually even a sharper writer than Burr (and he's certainly smarter than his editors!) - but his giggling alienation from actual life is so complete he seems somehow inhuman; he's like some restaurant hostess on that starship in The Fifth Element. It's quite obvious that the destruction of American democracy is of no interest to Morris if it isn't entertaining - I suppose that's actually too effete a stance to qualify as cultural treason, but it's certainly incompatible with patriotism. But then the infantile pleasure Morris takes in his own disconnectedness is probably incompatible with anything but self-regard.