November 13, 2002

Which Column About Eminem D...

Which Column About Eminem Do You Prefer?: This one, by freelance writer Greg Beato, or this one, by "Guy Chronicles" columnist Chris Erskine of the L.A. Times, the paper that is "quite content" and "not in the market for writers"? (Username: laexaminer, password laexaminer.) Cast your votes in the comments below.

Posted by at November 13, 2002 11:46 AM
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D'oh. I caaan't deciiide . . .

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 13, 2002 12:23 PM

Jesus. From the tone of that Erskine column, I got two things:
1) He has no idea (nor does he care) about popular culture, or any culture not his own;

2) I'm sure he had written a different word to describe the people behind him, but the editors wisely changed a letter.

Ken

Posted by: Ken B. at November 13, 2002 01:10 PM

Ish. Didn't much care for either one. The first one painted him as some sort of deep, troubled soul tormented by everything, and the second was cranky.

Maybe it was the subject. To me, Emma-nemm = hangnail.

Posted by: Keith at November 13, 2002 01:44 PM

Greg Beato does give a good description of what Eminem does even if he has somewhat of a bias.
Doesn't the La Times guy know it's spelled "yo dawg" but that would require pop culture knowledge. The LA Times one wound up just being a criticism of hip-hop in general if they wanted to critique the movie in relation to hip-hop couldn't they gave gotten someone who knows something about hip-hop

Posted by: Cal Ulmann at November 13, 2002 03:55 PM

To be fair, the Beato piece is music criticism, and the Erskine piece is on film. As someone indifferent to Eminem's eminence in either music or film, I would have read neither of these pieces in any other context. That said, I learned nearly nothing from the Erskine piece, but took from the Beato piece his sense of where Eminem's career has come from, where it is now, and Beato's recommendation of where it should go. Beato is a critic in the traditional sense. Erskine is a trite social commentator. I prefer funny social columnists. I miss Lewis Grizzard. My vote for Beato here.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 13, 2002 04:42 PM

Beato, but then again I have been an admirer of Beato's work since the days of Suck.

Posted by: Andy at November 13, 2002 04:42 PM

Even "The Real Slim Shady," which bounces to a beat so catchy Lou Pearlman would have sacrificed two-fifths of O-Town to own it, is ultimately about disenfranchisement.

Why do they publish the LA Times?

Posted by: John Cole at November 13, 2002 05:19 PM
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e editors wisely changed a letter.

Ken

Posted by: Ken B. at November 13, 2002 01:10 PM

Ish. Didn't much care for either one. The first one painted him as some sort of deep, troubled soul tormented by everything, and the second was cranky.

Maybe it was the subject. To me, Emma-nemm = hangnail.

Posted by: Keith at November 13, 2002 01:44 PM

Greg Beato does give a good description of what Eminem does even if he has somewhat of a bias.
Doesn't the La Times guy know it's spelled "yo dawg" but that would require pop culture knowledge. The LA Times one wound up just being a criticism of hip-hop in general if they wanted to critique the movie in relation to

Maybe it was the subject. To me, Emma-nemm = hangnail.

Posted by: Keith at November 13, 2002 01:44 PM

Greg Beato does give a good description of what Eminem does even if he has somewhat of a bias.
Doesn't the La Times guy know it's spelled "yo dawg" but that would require pop culture knowledge. The LA Times one wound up just being a criticism of hip-hop in general if they wanted to critique the movie in relation to hip-hop couldn't they gave gotten someone who knows something about hip-hop

Posted by: Cal Ulmann at November 13, 2002 03:55 PM

To be fair, the Beato piece is music criticism, and the Erskine piece is on film. As someone indifferent to Eminem's eminence in either music or film, I would have read neither of these pieces in any other context. That said, I learned nearly nothing from the Erskine piece, but took from the Beato piece his sense of where Eminem's career has come from, where it is now, and Beato's recommendation of where it should go. Beato is a critic in the traditional sense. Erskine is a trite social commentator. I prefer funny social columnists. I miss Lewis Grizzard. My vote for Beato here.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 13, 2002 04:42 PM

Beato, but then again I have been an admirer of Beato's work since the days of Suck.

Posted by: Andy at November 13, 2002 04:42 PM

Even "The Real Slim Shady," which bounces to a beat so catchy Lou Pearlman would have sacrificed two-fifths of O-Town to own it, is ultimately about disenfranchisement.

Why do they publish the LA Times?

Posted by: John Cole at November 13, 2002 05:19 PM
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