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yahoo and movieman, the two of you seem to have a great deal in common. You're both adamant defenders of Mr. Paurich's reviewing approaches, you both refer to Mr. Joki's past criticisms of Mr. Paurich, and apparently, you both keep close tabs on what Mr. Joki is saying on twitter. There is also a striking similarity between your syntax and diction.
All that aside, many posters here have pointed out that slamming one community theater in order to promote another is just in bad form. My grandma used to say that if three people tell you that you have a tail, you'd better turn around and look. Perhaps Mr. Paurich should do a tail check.
Tyler Clark on his Youngstown Renaissance blog makes some insightful and articulate points about what constitutes constructive criticism and what constitutes snark. I recommend that everyone give it a read. http://blog.tylersclark.com/2009/05/e...
May 11, 2009 at 2:22 p.m.
yahoo, it seems that you're very close to Mr. Paurich, and I'm sure he appreciates your support of his writing, both on this thread and last year's Titanic thread as well.
If you look at my comment on the Titanic thread, you'll see that I pointed out Mr. Paurich's unnecessary references to other local theaters in his review of the Playhouse production. He's done it again here. Unless his goal is to foster animosity between local theater venues, there is no solid journalistic reason to pit one theater company against another the way that Mr. Paurich consistently has. Mr. Paurich knows his way around a paragraph, and I don't believe that the comparison was an "innocent" "apples and oranges" one. I find it disappointing that Mr. Paurich hasn't taken a step back and rethought this particular approach to reviewing local theater.
May 11, 2009 at 8:31 a.m.
Stop. Just stop. We are fortunate to have the talents of the hard-working people at both Easy Street and the Oakland. In this city, in these times, two successful theatrical productions were playing downtown over the weekend. I for one think that's pretty great.
May 10, 2009 at 11:37 p.m.
My oldest daughter was also an explorer. One time she let herself out (she was home with my husband, and he was in the bathroom), and she went to the neighbors' swingset. My father came over with his toolbox and installed sliding locks on the screen doors, and we all learned. I know another woman whose three-year-old son wandered down the street while his mother was in the bathroom vomiting from morning sickness. He wanted to go and play with his friend.
You're right about how we judge mothers (sometimes fathers, but we're harder on mothers) as "negligent" to whom these things happen. It doesn't happen to everyone, but it can happen to anyone. Parents do need to sometimes make a bed or transfer a load of laundry or use the toilet.
My favorite part of your story is that the neighbors and the police were so responsive and helpful. It restores my faith that there are others who still believe in community over judgment.
May 5, 2009 at 9:31 p.m.
Yes, Kudos to the Vindy for finally taking this step. Those message boards were outright disgusting and frighteningly hateful. It's already clear that the cowards who spew this kind of vitriol under the cloak of anonymity (and in most cases, multiple screen names) aren't going to register to use the site. It's a much-needed change.
April 3, 2009 at 9:57 p.m.
I saw Bug last night, and it was an amazing show. The set looked just like a motel room in desperate need of an update. All of the acting was strong, but it was Terri Labedz's show. Joki is to be commended for his artist vision.
February 21, 2009 at 7:50 p.m.
I agree, Ralph. There are some lovely, historic buildings surrounding that corner (Jones Hall, St. John's). I hope the University can find a different solution to its parking shortage.
February 9, 2009 at 10:50 p.m.
I'll withhold my opinion on partaking of the pipe; however, I will congratulate you on smartening up the topic. Well done.
February 2, 2009 at 11:34 p.m.
Ann Coulter is just desperately clinging to relevance, and if focusing on the personal lives of celebrities is how she does it, well then she's more on par with Perez Hilton than with any legitimate journalist.
I too try not to let Coulter bother me, but I find it's hard not to, as a woman, get somewhat riled at another woman who clearly detests her gender. I cite her "harpies" reference to the 911 widows as another example.
January 13, 2009 at 9:05 p.m.
This is nice: "We must acknowledge the corruption in our past by name and create a new ethical standard to which we'll hold our leaders."
Acknowledging corruption does not mean taking pride in it, but that seems to be/have been the local Zeitgeist.
January 12, 2009 at 12:41 p.m.