Monday, November 9, 2009

Hey, New York Times...where's your comment?

Oh my holy Jeebus, you guys! Easy Rider finally got a comment from someone that was not one of my friends (you all know who you are. Shout out!). All I had to do was throw out a bunch of wild accusations and unfair criticisms against people I don't know, while listing their full names in my last post.

I'm shocked. I wasn't expecting this. I'd like to thank my parents for my snarky sense of humor, Google, of course, The New York Times writer, Hilary Stout for writing the ridiculously bad article in the first place, and oh...I can't forget to thank Devra Renner, co-author of Mommy Guilt, and innocent by-stander in the indignant rage bomb the fore-mentioned article set off.

Devra commented because in my post "An Open Letter to the New York Times", I called out her co-author, Aviva Pflock (come on, comment from you? I made fun of your name, fer gawds sake...what am I three?) for being quoted as saying, about parental yelling, "“What blew us away about that is that the one thing you really have ultimate control over is the tone of your voice.” Devra claims that the tone of Times article was not in line with her "tough-titty" Brooklyn-stlye of parenting, but she seemed a bit miffed that I called her Mommy Guilt a "stupid parenting book" or something like that. Poor Devra isn't familiar with my twisted sense of humor, and I hope she knows that I was trying to poke fun of myself and my lazy journalistic style by calling a book I had admittedly never read "stupid".

What is not stupid is their Parentopia blog post in response to being "featured" in the New York Times. It contains actual solutions, without condemnation, to the problems that cause the yelling in the first place--something you will not find in Stout's article. It also contains (I'm assuming) well-researched assertions, and dignified journalistic integrity--things you will NOT find here.

Well, I'm knee-deep in the weeds with this stupid (just kidding) National Novel Writing Month thing, so I won't be writing much more this month, but I want to just quickly thank Devra for her comment, and for offering me a copy of her book, even though she probably suspects I won't read it.

I'd also like to say that I assume that Kathy Griffin is secretly married to Perez Hilton. And that once a month or so, Oprah Winfrey chooses one Harpo employee to publicly flog. And that Bill Gates is the one who gave Ellen DeGeneres the swine flu. Poor Ellen, and just weeks after she got over that broken clavicle she got in that bar fight with Johnny Depp.


Smurf said...

Congrats on your brush with fame, Momma! This is way better than your sister schtupping the fellow who supposedly invented the word "blog!" :)

Karen said...

Shut up, Smurf! He probably googles himself on an hourly basis to see who's talking about him. I bet he's got an app set up for it.

Free stupid parenting book? Aww yeah!

Devra said...

I'm not miffed! I'm not even a tad irritated. And to prove it, I'm even happy to call you on the phone and read you the first chapter of our stupid book if you aren't going to read it. If you prefer it can also be brought to life through interprative dance. Although if you want that, Aviva's going to have to haul ass to your house as I am left handed and somewhat dyslexic. She on the other hand was professionally trained in Tjhe Dahhhhnse and has the very scary toes to prove it.

Dude, the gauntlet has been thrown...

But seriously, I am so pleased you can see maybe we're not half as craptastic as we may have sounded in the article.

I'm sure Aviva will be more than happy to pop over here and discuss her nipples with you. I'll let her know she's being called out. : )

babypusher said...

Hmm. Let me pretend to think about that for a second. Interpretive dance!!!

Aviva said...

Yes, the P is silent - as in pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanosiosis. Devra, the much more social network savvy one of the two of us, told me I should pop in and "expose" myself so here I am. I'm glad you had a chance to post, read, and post again about the NYT article. Believe me, much more brilliant quotes could have been used! In any event, let me assure you my nipples have been pinched, bitten, and stretched clear to my naval by my three wonderful children and, yes, I am quite certain I yelled about it.

Devra said...

Well the NYT may not be commenting, but they are correcting. This will be running in tomorrow's paper! Yay!

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