Today: Delivery Boy’s Error is Star Subscriber’s Treasure & Art Brisbane

Let’s see, Mexican wedding and honeymoon, solid week of hard labor exiting Prairie Village house and a ton of time unpacking and planning for a Lawrence getaway…

That shit takes time, ladies and gentlemen. Time away from writing, but let’s ramp things back up a bit after a lazy Sunday afternoon reading.

The New York Times was delivered yesterday in error in place of Sunday’s Star. Was I bummed? A little at first, maybe, but not for long. I’d almost forgotten how good a job those guys do. You know, the guys that former Star editor and publisher Art Brisbane has been taking to task these past two years. And doing a fine job of it, I might add. Readers of past Brisbane columns may recall how prosaic he can be, but I doubt they recollect he had such sharp teeth.

They do now in New York.

A couple of things that were very cool in Sunday’s New York Times…

An excellent front page story about the turmoil in Syria dividing the sect that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is a member of. Another about what the headline describes as "the Good-Grade Pill" – a stimulant taken not for a high but for a higher SAT score. And how aging-but-not-yet 65 Baby Boomers are being forced by the economy and joblessness into signing up for Social Security at age 62, locking them into lower payouts than if they’d waited

Good stuff all.

The Times sports section is another matter. It’s so feature heavy as to be nearly devoid of the type of content Star readers are accustomed to. That being mostly a compliation of game stories, a couple columns, features, sports shorts and a ton a stats.

The "Sunday Money" page had a great column by David Segal "The Haggler" about Facebook. Don’t miss it.

I had such a good time with the Times that I’m starting up a Sunday subscription. I even went online and did some catching up on some of Brisbane’s good work which I now will share.

Starting with his column last month about being in the "Middle of a Food Fight."

Nevermind that it was a critique of a food columnist’s essay writing contest that was judged by a panel of meat-hating vegetarians. In Brisbane’s taking the contest to task he reached out to a pair of midwestern types from our corner of the globe.

"Closer to home, Lisa Henderson, a sophomore at Kansas State University writing on the Pork Network Web site, objected that the judges’ predisposition made the contest a sham," Brisbane writes.

“ ‘Does anyone really think this collection of judges could pick a winning essay that says anything positive about the eating of meat?’ ” Ms. Henderson wrote. “ ‘Not likely.’

"On a roll, I called up another meat-eater. Calvin Trillin, a product of Kansas City’s barbecue-centric culture and the author of books on the pleasures of food, wondered if the arguments on behalf of in vitro meat might indicate that ‘our species has advanced too far,’ " Brisbane continued.

"Mr. Trillin, a New Yorker magazine reporter and what he calls a ‘deadline poet’ for The Nation, agreed to try his own hand at an essay on why it’s O.K. to eat animals. I gave him 600 words, but he used only nine: ‘If they had a chance, they would eat us.’

"To which I would add: if only to silence us."

Hey, it would have been nice maybe to have gotten the Star and checked out more closely how the Royals got smoked, but hey, I’ll live.
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11 Responses to Today: Delivery Boy’s Error is Star Subscriber’s Treasure & Art Brisbane

  1. smartman says:

    Art Brisbane is more like PROZAC than Prosaic. The Slobodan Milosevic of downtown development who has successfully completed the ethnic cleansing of downtown KCMO. Nice job Frenchy Sulzberger wanna-be.

    Hard to believe that someone as suave, sophisticated, WASPY and erudite as yourself is not a subscriber to the NYT. For shame.

  2. paulwilsonkc says:

    prosaic…….I love that word
    It fits a couple of folk who see themselves as great sages and high horsepower thinkers on here. Present company excluded, of course. So far.

  3. the dude says:

    I love the vagatarian arguments
    against meat eating. Look, plain and simple- any form of eating means the killing of a life form, we humans are basically no better than bacteria, viruses or other single or multiple-celled organisms. I love how my friends that were temporary vagatarians could somehow reason that eating fish was okay but meat from some animal (cow, chicken) was not.

    Are plants not life forms, how do we know they are not sentient beings? Just because we cannot directly communicate with them does not mean they are not. We are all hypocrites when it comes to the killing department to sustain our life (human). Vagatarians are the biggest of them all, at least us meat eaters admit it and then move the fuck on. Vagatarians and their smugness, ugh.

  4. paulwilsonkc says:

    Dude, I LOVE the vegans who say…
    “I dont eat anything that has a FACE!!”

    I guess that eye, nose and mouth part of a fish is just an “area”… not a face.

  5. mike says:

    I love when they say
    you have animals called pets. Why do you eat animals called food? I always ask them what their animals called pets eat. Are their pets immoral?

  6. smartman says:

    I enjoy eating out
    Is cunnilingus an endorsed vegan activity?

  7. vegan says:

    it depends if she has crabs.

  8. the dude says:

    What if the crabs
    have faces???

  9. chuck says:

    The Grey Lady is as flawed and hypocritical as the rest
    of the main stream 4th Estate.

    The most liberal newspaper in the United States, knows who pays the bills and which side of the bread is being buttered on a day to day basis. Check the paper of record, and it’s take on African immigrants who are threatening to destroy the Israeli Culture by way of mass immigration and an unwillingness to mainstream.

    That is the whole article, here are some excerpts.

    “Residents of south Tel Aviv complain of rising crime in migrant areas, and have staged noisy demonstrations, egged on by right-wing politicians and activists. At a demonstration in the Shapira Quarter last week, rightists handed out leaflets offering self-defense courses, and protesters chanted,

  10. smartman says:

    Population by copulation
    Through the sheer act of coitus ad infinitus the white man is getting squeezed like a tube of Crest in a Scotchman’s house. Nobody spreads seed like Africans and Muslims, which really makes me wonder about Glazer’s Hebrew-ness. Paybacks are gonna be a bitch Courtney Kinte.

  11. chuck says:

    The op ed folks at the New York Times
    won’t know whether to shit or go blind when this guy wins a seat in New York.

    I am all for Israel deporting this shit-heel to Sudan if it helps.

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