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We love the title of Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell‘s new anthology Yes Is The Answer. That’s because the “Yes” doubles as the name of a top band from the progressive era this collection of essays wholeheartedly defends.
Joining Weingarten and Cornell Thursday June 13 at Skylight Books in Los Feliz for a 7:30 p.m. reading-signing event will be contributors John Albert (former member of the bands Christian Death, Bad Religion), James Greer and Margaret Wappler. From Weingarten’s book intro:
The haters weren’t all wrong, of course. Prog was ridiculous. But never underestimate a young boy’s finely honed sense of irony. We loved some of this stuff precisely because it was overblown. It’s kind of like when Evel Knievel jumped over thirty cars – you mean, he did that? We would laugh at some passages, marvel at others – it was all part of the ongoing conversation about Prog.
And yes, it was pretentious. That’s why we liked Prog Rock; it strived for something beyond what we were hearing on AM radio. We didn’t give a damn about rock’s first principles, all that three chords and the truth business; give us Prog Rock’s grandeur, its mushy mysticism, its blissed-out mystery.
The media ice has turned out to be particularly slippery this week.
On Twitter last night during Game 4 of the Kings-Sharks series, Kevin & Bean co-host Kevin Ryder posted a very unfortunate guest tweet @LAKings for which he later apologized. Brad Pitt meanwhile in the pages of the upcoming June/July issue of Esquire is doing himself no favors by once again giving the voracious celebrity news blogosphere misdirect-coverage ammo about his marriage to Jennifer Aniston.
Finally, today on ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Golf Channel reporter Steve Sands called in from London to recount how shocked he and everyone else in the room was Tuesday when Sergio Garcia answered the reporter’s question with an offensive joke about Tiger Woods. Garcia has since apologized, twice.
It’s snowing in the city again. That should be enough to annoy the hell out of you, but maybe you have an amazing jacket that keeps you warm despite the weather.
For those of you who aren’t annoyed today, this will do the trick: Tom Junod at Esquire has released transcripts that were taken from his talks with Roger Ailes. FishbowlNY had to share because we don’t like being alone in our misery. Some highlights:
He thinks Fox offers a wide array of viewpoints:
You have to be able to allow both points of view. Look at MSNBC. They have nobody on that doesn’t agree with them. Nobody. I never see anybody who disagrees with them. I don’t know whether their egos can’t handle it or whether they’re… I don’t get it.
He thinks CNN can do a slightly better job:
What the hell’s she doing up there? Look at that print on CNN. Look at that board. You can’t see shit… you can’t see anything. You see that? Now that’s just crazy. Director should have cut away from that shot. Bad shot.
His assistant is Jason Bourne:
She can look at a room of people and say, ‘Watch the fourth guy on the left. He hates your guts.’ Oh, she can read a room. She goes in and she’s very friendly and asks if they want coffee or something, and they think she’s the secretary but she’s reading the room before I go in.
People either love or hate Roger Ailes. He’s either a hero or a villain. That’s what happens when you’re the President of Fox News – there’s really no gray area. Tom Junod of Esquire takes an in-depth look at the highly-divisive Ailes in “Why Does Roger Ailes Hate America?” and by the end provides more ammo for each side.
Junod writes the piece as if he’s talking to Ailes, and though parts are a little cheesy, overall it’s a great read. Early on Junod probes Ailes on why he refuses to use a Blackberry. Ailes says that he finds using one beneath him, but Junod doesn’t stop until finding out the truth, that Ailes is too immature to use one:
He did it time and again, fighting fire with fire, intemperately answering every intemperate e-mail that came his way with no insult or complaint beneath his notice, until his public-relations staff, fearing that the Ailesian e-mails might become public and that their boss was having too much fun, concluded that maybe giving a man like Roger Ailes a BlackBerry wasn’t such a good idea after all.
Because FishbowlNY can be counted on the “villain” side of the debate regarding Ailes, the observation Junod garnered from Dick Wald, a professor at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, was particularly striking: