"I can't find it in myself to accuse Jedediah Purdy of anything graver than being 24-years-old in 1999."
Well, and also being the beneficiary of a system that allowed underbaked "counterpoint" theses from Ivy Leaguers to be worthy of book deals, even if they weren't all that well-thought out—which I think falls under Scocca's definition of "smarm," as Purdy's main credentials for being allowed to write at length were his Harvard diploma and, uh, his Harvard diploma. And who am I to judge, since I went to a (gasp) Big 10 school, right? (See also the early career of the Yale-educated Wendy Shalit.) (Yes, I read both books at the time of publication, and saw the cynical process that went into making them—which amounted to Young People With Conservative Opinions That Will Shock You! It was whatever the conservative Upworthy is long before that site's domain name got registered.)
What the world needs now is an oral history of MCI.
also the AP's 'standards' for music writing lately have been a bit uh questionable
guess they're still trying to adjust to the post-asap world
also any piece of criticism that seriously deploys the term 'feverishly anticipated' should be ignored on principle
Men Weigh In On Woman
You're standing on my neck. La la la.
(By which I mean Pitchfork and its 298420394823948 successors.)
I mean, I love and respect Merge to no end, but the indie-promotional infrastructure is robust enough that no show by even the smallest buzz band is "scantily publicized" these days.
"scantily publicized" lolololololololol *passes out*
aw i guess i was writing for the city paper by the time 2003 rolled around u_u