Apropos of angry

As I was stumbling through the links to the links to the links, I read this Rolling Stone interview for the first time.

Yeah, it’s over a year old but there’s not a blogger at this joint that doesn’t think about New Orleans every single day. Indeed, it’s part of the glue that brought this particularly various happy few together. I also think it’s relevant to the entire ongoing discussion here and elsewhere, about the show, about the media, about America, about all the chasms we look at each other across.

“In a lot of ways, New Orleans is Baltimore but it can carry a tune. I thought Katrina was literally America having to pause for a moment and contemplate the other America that somehow, tragically, Americans forgot. It’s like America looking across the chasm saying, “Oh, are you still here? Oh, and you’re wet. And you’re angry.”

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We are deeply wounded.

Make that a billion gazillion hillion — words written about the newspaper story line, that is. The WashPost tells us, as if we didn’t know by now, that there’s no feud like a newspaper feud, especially when it happens on the internet:

If all we had was print, we never would have had the poly-linked blogfest tempest over the final season of HBO’s “The Wire,” on sites like Slate.com, Poynter.org and something called Fimoculous.com, along with New York magazine’s Vulture blog.

What? And no mention of The New Package? I’m offended. What do we have to do to get on the radar with Fimoculous.com?

Personal peeve: Could we start restricting use of the word deeply, except as a straight adjective? She plunged the dagger deeply into her editor’s gut: OK. “I deeply resent Simon’s dishonest efforts to revise history,” Marimow says: not OK.

(Actually the first one’s not OK, either. “Deep” is a better word there. But I’m getting tired of “deeply” used as an all-purpose intensifier, as it’s so overused as to be meaningless, especially in journalism. People are never just religious when they can be deeply religious, sorry when they can be deeply sorry, or, apparently, merely offended when they can be deeply offended. As Jay Spry reminds us, God is in the details, at the Baltimore Sun and elsewhere.)


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