this week, england's prince harry found himself buck naked on the cover of his local newspaper, not to mention half the internet, which is neither news nor in any way relevant to the city of lowell. yet, somehow, this is determined to be headline stuff by our local loco-emotive, and he manages in his going-on-30 column inches (i measured) to type the word "kennedy" no fewer than 19 times. (more than one for every inch and a half of reading). not to worry, though--even though the emo-bloviator was (amazingly) unable to find room to squeeze in a "deval patrick", he was, thankfully, able to make reference to the POTUS and his secret service detail another four times, so we are at least able to congratulate him that he was able to achieve two out of his favorite three wastes of our time and money instead.
what is it going to take to stop this madness? what can possibly be done to beg (BEG) the editor and publisher of what is left of a local paper here to dump this colossal waste of space and money in favor of some ACTUAL local news? you know, at last tuesday's city council meeting, there was an impassioned discussion about the proper way to offer additional daycare options to families moving into downtown lowell. did you read about it in the sun? nope, neither did i. how many other important lowell happenings have we missed? could we ever know?
nope, not while 30" of our local journalistic real estate is covered like with so many putrid and bloody fish guts (i'm sending a note to the oxford english dictionary to include an additional alternate definition to the word "gurry"so they can remain complete) and some poor unemployed journalist is languishing flipping burgers or the like.
tell me you don't agree. everybody (and i mean everybody) i know thinks so. except campy and emperor kendall. but we can't say PL because it's already manifestly obvious he never thinks.
if only we all could get jobs writing "deval/barry/anything kennedy sucks" for a living... i'm thinking we'd all do a far more interesting job of it.
edited to add: in this same issue of the sun, there is a small AP piece (well less than 30 column inches) detailing the apparent suicide of a man named chris lighty in new york. who is chris lighty, you ask? well, i'll tell you it's more than ironic that a man my age disposed of my type of musical tastes would know anything at all about this this incident or anything at all about this man before his story was picked up by my local paper--he's a "hip hop" mogul, and a NY one at that. but did the sun have anyone on staff who understood the personal connection of this story to one of lowell's top music promoters (four folk-fest weekend "uptown music and arts festivals" to his credit among uncounted numbers of other events at almost every major venue in this city) and media personalities (until recently when it sold out, the morning DJ on the top and most influential alternative radio station in the metro boston area and possibly the country) and musicians? (most recently a new england music award winner among many other accolades, and we won't even get into the comedy awards and performances--that would seem gratuitous). but, back to our question: of course not--they're paying and printing the loco-emo-bloviator instead. d-tension won't make a big deal of his own accomlishments and his own credits, but if you get a chance, ask him what chris lighty meant to him and his career, and what chris has done for music and culture in this great country of ours. you'll hear a heartfelt and sincere homage to a remarkable man. it would be something a local paper would be proud to publish, but, as you can see, we don't really have a local paper. we have something quite piscatologically different...
sad all around.