Adam Reger | Freelance Writer

Pittsburgh-based freelance writer

Weekend wrap-up

This past weekend was an excellent one for comedy, as I (in chronological order) scored a VHS copy of the great “Weird” Al Yankovic movie UHF at a Philadelphia used bookshop; watched a great, great show put on by Paul F. Tompkins as part of his “Tompkins 300” tour; and, last but not least, met Tom Scharpling. He showed up to support his friend and frequent “Best Show” guest. He’d seen the show in New York, which I deduced by the fact that he started laughing into his hand just before most of the really good bits.

Lesser lights from the weekend: my Philly food experience. For whatever reason, that Wawa Italian hoagie didn’t go down quite as smoothly as it has, so dependably, in the past.

Literary slap fight & Juggalo rampage

I wanted to direct your attention to this enjoyable AV Club rumination on the alarming news that a bunch of overzealous Insane Clown Posse fans attacked inexplicably famous person Tila Tequila at the Gathering of the Juggaloes. The rampant uncouthness of these fans was eerily predicted by this Scharpling & Wurster bit (about an hour to 90 minutes in).

And I’m also using this opportunity to sneak in a few links that I couldn’t quite turn into the considered, thoughtful post I wanted to post.

I wrote about a thousand words trying to make some kind of meaningful response to this list of 15 overrated contemporary writers, written by Anis Shivani, an all-but-unknown writer, in The Huffington Post. And I also wanted to approvingly link to Anna North, at Jezebel, who responded elegantly here.

The problem I had was in taking this guy’s idiosyncratic opinions, which he’d like to elevate above the state of mere opinion by using lots of jargon and trashing these writers (mostly women, as Anna North points out (although the baffling thing, to me, was the high number of poets singled out for punishment; how many readers are these poets reaching, and thus how much damage could they be causing? Maybe lay off a bit, playboy.)), and discussing something more than the article, the specific whining, and the specific writers.

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