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another open letter from the peevish grammarian: [Oct. 17th, 2004|01:10 pm]
Just me.
Dear Krist Novoselic:

The Stranger recently wrote this in the author appearances listings:

The Nirvana guy signs Of Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy, which is embarrassingly bad.

I'm only partly in agreement with them: your book is simplistic, a glorified pamphlet (at a mere 103 pages), and probably aimed at a much younger, less-politically attuned reader than I am. But nevertheless, you had my sympathies, mostly, until I noticed this howler of a mistake on page 100:

"Why can't the local Elks lodge host a Bhutto performance on the inequities of globalization? How about a poetry slam at the Eagles Hall about media consolidation?"

Oh Krist, if you're going to namedrop a modern theatre/dance art form that is neither widely understood, nor enjoyed, by most young Americans, at least get the name right. It just looks really pretentious when you incorrectly pepper your manifesto with these artsy words, especially when you spend the first half of the book talking about growing up in the depressed blue-collar town of Aberdeen, WA.

Unless of course, I'm mistaken, and you meant to say thatthe former leader of Pakistan has branched into performance art since fleeing Pakistan to avoid arrest on corruption charges, but I kinda doubt it. There is also the possibility that "Bhutto" is one of the hip new urban fads like "Crunk" and I just haven't been watching enough MTV to have heard of it yet. But I don't think so.

It really dilutes one's argument when one can't spell or use their native language properly. See our current President's numerous verbal gaffes ("Rumors on the Internets" and OB/GYNs unable to "Practice their love" come to mind immediately) for an example of this. At least Bush has the excuse that he's speaking live and thus can't use the services of a copy editor- you as an author, do not have that excuse.

You also mention "Berkley, California" on page 83. A punk not being able to spell "Berkeley" is like a hippie not being able to spell "Jerry Garcia". Like your current residence of Seattle, Berkeley is home to many underemployed lefty PhD candidates in English literature, any one of whom would have been glad to proofread your book for $50 and a vegan burrito.

If you intend to author any more works in the future, please look into hiring a copy editor or a proofreader. It's money well spent.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2004-10-17 04:26 pm (UTC)
I think his his spelling errors are more forgivable than suggesting a poetry slam. To paraphrase you, life's too short for poetry.
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[User Picture]From: drexle
2004-10-17 06:14 pm (UTC)
"It really dilutes one's argument when one can't spell or use their native language properly."

Not that these diluted arguments keep one out of public office, of course.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2004-10-17 07:09 pm (UTC)
Then it's called "talkin' like reg'ler fokes!"
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[User Picture]From: alfvaen
2004-10-17 06:44 pm (UTC)
To be fair, perhaps Mr. N. is confusing "Berkeley", the city, with "Berkley", the publishing imprint that does a lot of science fiction.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-10-18 08:16 pm (UTC)

I don't think so...

unless said imprint has recently instituted Instant Runoff Voting, I'm pretty sure with his context that he meant the city.
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[User Picture]From: li_kao
2004-10-17 08:32 pm (UTC)
I hate to take you to task, but since when is literacy of any sort a requirement for being punk?

All you need are tats and an endurance for not bathing.

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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2004-10-17 11:20 pm (UTC)
That's an unfair stereotype. Not all punks are krusties.
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[User Picture]From: whod81
2004-10-18 01:29 pm (UTC)
This post is exactly why you are on my friends list.....
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