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Is Hiss the New Silence? - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Is Hiss the New Silence?
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jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: December 19th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm glad you mentioned your thoughts on the amount of contextual material in the article. It's interesting to hear, because it's something that often worries/preoccupies me in my writing.

And ss a reader, one of my favorite things about that piece is both the depth and breadth of the historical knowledge you share, and the grace with which you deploy it. (Which I guess is two things.) You fill in the context of the material you're reviewing in a comprehensive but concise way that a reader who's relatively ignorant of that material (like me) can really appreciate. I feel like the piece teaches me something. And you have a knack for doing it without sounding pretentious, which is a skill I wish you could teach other music critics.

Maybe you could do a seminar at the Pitchfork offices.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 20th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I do think that what seems extraneous to the writer is often essential to readers. I know that the mantra of most workshops is "Pare it down," especially where adjectives and adverbs are concerned. But sometimes less really is less, even if it seems like too much to the author.

I thank you for the compliment that I have "a knack for doing it without sounding pretentious." I sometimes think that I write entries framing my clips so that I can demonstrate that I'm more pretentious than my pieces sound. Because I do dream big, though I try not to show it. I think that means that I pursued the wrong career.

Or maybe it means that I should start pursuing the right career. Think of all the high-paying options in the world of journalism! Seriously, I'm all for the voluntary. It was the sine qua non of Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life. But why won't someone pay me indirects for making free contributions to the public sphere?
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