I like the story René Clément told about Cocteau one day. Cocteau was seeing a film with Clément and said to him, ‘You see, this film, it’s terrible because the camera is a very dangerous animal, because the camera films not only what is in front of it, but it also films what is behind it. And, you see, in this film, they were so bored while making it that their boredom is onscreen.’ What he said really struck me and it’s maybe why I try to be as calm as possible.
The hope of a call-up, more than anything, keeps players from leaving the D-League to head overseas. High-level players in the top European leagues can make mid-six-figures. Even imports in mid-tier leagues typically earn enough to join the upper-middle class. By staying in the D-League, players spend years during which they could be earning top salaries instead toiling away for the unlikely goal of a steady NBA career. “You can make more money being a teacher,” Fazekas said. “You can almost make more money flipping burgers.”
When Travis Kitchens got the assignment from City Paper to write about Jason Aldean’s February 1 performance at the Baltimore Arena, the country music writer and filmmaker was hoping he would be pleasantly surprised by the mainstream C&W superstar.
“If I liked it, I thought, it would make my traditional folkie friends go crazy,” said Kitchens. But instead he found the evening a disaster, with musicians “who play like the American Idol house band” and Aldean making “a horrifyingly awful attempt at rapping.”
“A lot like watching a two-hour beer commercial… a mindless dopamine rush as precise in its effects as methamphetamine,” Kitchens wrote. “He struts around the stage with his prop guitar like a rockstar android wiggling his ass in a manner so contrived it makes Madonna look like Miles Davis in comparison.”
Those observations come from Kitchens’ scathing review, published on February 4 on City Paper’s website, but taken down after a week – under pressure, CP editor-in-chief Evan Serpick and others say, from “two big advertisers.”
“We were told they said they would never advertise again, unless we pulled it,” said Serpick, who did so reluctantly after two days of resistance and the threat of losing his job.
CP: Hi Scott, this is Baynard Woods with the City Paper.
Scott Lynett: Hi Baynard, how are you?
CP: Not so well. I find that I’m unable to work, that our web access [to our blogs, Facebook, and Twitter] has been shut down and thus our ability to write on news stories and this is a news story I’m trying to write on, so I’m trying to figure out what’s happening. And if you don’t mind if I record this.
SL: We have found that Evan [Serpick] today posted an unauthorized blog postrevealing inside information and so we stopped access.
CP: Inside information, but we are a news organization that’s supposed to report on news, or am I mistaken about that?
SL: I’m sorry, Baynard?
CP: Since we’re a news organization and that’s something that happened. We need to maintain our credibility after the sale and part of doing that is making sure that we are transparent with our readers. Don’t you think that’s something we should be doing?
SL: No, frankly Baynard, I don’t think it is.
CP: So we shouldn’t have reported on …
SL: Internal editorial discussions are not subject to reporting.
CP: As far as I knew, no one said it was off the record. We have to maintain our credibility as a newspaper.
SL: Baynard I disagree with you. Is there another question here or is this a speech?
CP: No it’s not a speech at all. I’m wondering what your strategy behind cutting off our internet access and our ability to blog and actually do our jobs, why you think that’s warranted?
At this point Scott Lynett hung up.
The transcript that is no longer available on the City Paper site, copied and pasted from someone else’s Facebook wall, where it was under a link to this horrifying and depressing news story about City Paper's sale to the Baltimore Sun. Read it and weep. (via thediscography)
the most mind-boggling thing about this is that this is about A JASON ALDEAN CONCERT.