|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Slate Magazine intolerably annoying. (The other 10% is spent reading Kaus or Shafer.) Slate is ostensibly a highbrow offering; it does not, as do Time and Newsweek and their ilk, publish front page articles about The Historical Jesus or the Da Vinci Code(*).) Yet the end result is the same: a dreary rote recitation of conventional wisdom boxed in by the stifling confines of a short article format. (I note that when Slate remembers that it is published on the web and can afford to post lengthly articles, the result -- such as the week-long Correspondence between two writers -- is worth reading. I also note that usually the authors of Correspondence do not write for Slate.)
Witness this article on Kate Moss by one Amanda Fortini:
Well that makes sense, because every skinny person I've ever known has been a coke fiend.
(*) When I reached the point in the sentence where I had to plug in the name of Dan Brown's vile brain-cell killing best seller, I could not remember it. What a blessed 30 seconds that was! I should have deleted this post so as to maintain my blissful ignorance.