Kenneth Burns wrote:What difference does it make how he spells his name? It's the man's business.
Sure. It's his business if he wants to look like a pretentious ass. Fits his writing style to a tee.
My real name is with one Ã¢â‚¬Ëœs.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ But when I was around 30, I thought it would be cute to add a second Ã¢â‚¬ËœsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to make it like the classical composer. When I moved to England, I had to go back to the original one Ã¢â‚¬ËœsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ because my passport has one Ã¢â‚¬ËœsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and my wife was spelling it with one Ã¢â‚¬Ëœs.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ So I made the second Ã¢â‚¬ËœsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ optional. Hence the parentheses. On a scale of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœnot funny at allÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to my favorite Andy Kaufman moment or Monty Python sketch, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little funny. It makes my byline slightly unusual.
Henry Chinaski wrote:I just finished his article "Americn Idol and beyond" and could not believe that he was able to actually have this published:
"Sent to Dodge Correctional for intake,Rafeal had a room to himself until he turned 18. Thought small and slight, he wasn't raped even after entering the general prison population".
Wow. That's some hard hitting journalism there!!
I don't discount any criticism out of hand. I read this remark a week ago, and have been reflecting on it ever since. I must confess that I continue to regard it as perfectly legitimate to have asked Rafael if his prison experience as an 18-year-old included sexual assault, and then to have explained why it hadn't. I believe his being immune to sexual assault at the price of being required to join in any fight involving a fellow gang member, even a lifer, is an interesting part of the story.
Mr. Henry Chinaski may be interested to know that I've now left Madison, which means there may be a freelance slot opening at the Isthmus. Given his superior ability to discern Valid Journalism, I would think he'd be a perfect fit for it.
Or maybe he's just another truculent little gnawer of the ankles of those he envies.
jjoyce wrote:Is it true that we didn't realize what we had with JM until his star blinked out?
As though Madison doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have more truculent whiners, crybabies, and cheap shot-takers per capita than any other city in the Americas.
guytrenzich wrote:I wish to offer my heartfelt apologies to any Wisconsinite whose life I ruined by spelling my surname whimsically (for reasons having nothing on earth to do with "language conventions"). It was a foolish, selfish, and thoughtless thing for me to have done...
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