Almost the minute that Chris Lee goes on vacation, the LA Times leaps to fill the Theresa Duncan info void. Keeping Lee’s seat warm, Steffie Lee writes a fan-girl tribute to Duncan’s blog, which she claims was neglected in other news stories. No new facts and at least one old fiction are presented (“broke their lease”).
Nelson must not have read Lee’s second piece, as she uncritically accepts the blog posts:
She routinely skewered the establishment (Artforum, she said, was a “fading critical powerhouse”)
Artforum’s editor, Tim Griffin, was one of those named in the harassment diary prepared by Duncan and Blake.
Writing about the couple’s move to NYC, Nelson asks a question, but answers it herself:
What happened to the love affair with Los Angeles? For one thing, Blake had been hired as a designer at New York-based video giant Rockstar Games.
Nelson must not know that he’d worked there before, and that his job that wasn’t as a game designer, but rather a graphic artist, meaning–it’s not a promotion.
Nelson has combed Duncan’s blog to catch some of the usual touchstones–Art Luna, the Alfa Romeo, Jean Seberg–but misses quite a bit, such as Duncan always celebrated her own birthday on Halloween, or that the artist who collected lovers’ heartbeats was Dario Robleto, who showed with Blake. She reads the blog all right, but not much else. This piece would be fine if Steffie had a MySpace page, but as big-city journalism, it’s banal crap.
This is the second tribute piece that the LAT has run, and FBLA can’t help but wonder why? The Times paid little or no attention to Duncan when she was alive, but once her Google numbers went up, the paper was all over her.
Poulet runs a site for true Duncanophiles, as does The Seaword.