The comments section has spoken…
In a photo finish the Sack the Scribe forces nosed out the Go Glazers in David Scott Whinery‘s unscientific poll of KC Confidential readers.
It was thisclose.
Truth is though while Whinery’s intentions were pure, the die was already cast.
After two years of hard labor, I just didn’t have the time or energy to edit the Scribe’s entertaining, true life stories any longer. In a perfect world they would magically appear for those of you embroiled in love, hate or love/hate relationships with Kansas City’s colorful comedy club owner Craig Glazer.
Even at that though, this website was not conceived as an extension of Craig’s never ending stories. People start their own blogs for missions such as that – and who knows? – the Glaze, as Harley affectionately renamed him, may do just that.
Whinery pretty much spelled out the reasons, but since that rascal Tony decided to rake a little muck alongside some nuclear explosion art, I’ll clarify things a bit more and let readers make up their own minds.
For starters, there were no fireworks.
Although Craig’s often colorful yarns were devilishly delightful for some readers, others found them vile and distasteful. And frankly that’s on me. After all, I didn’t have to publish them. And while we no doubt picked up some readers, a number of other readers (and some now former KCC writers) opted to go elsewhere for their daily dose of “bullet force.”
Hey, that’s life.
On the other hand, there were several serious concerns over the goings on in the comments section in terms of threats, gay slurs and crude, roughshod behavior.
Everybody likes to watch a playground fight, the saying goes.
But that wasn’t always the case when it came to Craig.
In the end, it was just too much of a good thing.
Too much information, too much time spent editing and too much time watch dogging the comments section and sorting out the many threats, slurs and questionably authored comments.
For Craig’s part it’s a disappointment but I have a feeling he’ll land on his feet.
Somewhere, and somewhere soon.
The flip side of all of this is that I spent 18 years interviewing Craig and chronicling his adventures and misadventures, here and at the Kansas City Star. He’s a colorful dude with plenty to say and a way with thoughts and words like few other locals.
That doesn’t make him a writer.
And while he received a free ad for Stanford’s as compensation for his labor – an ad he’d been paying for for two years – that obviously wasn’t much for seven columns a week.
Then again, editing the Scribe’s valiant efforts took upwards of two long workdays each and every week and was not a particularly pleasant chore. It also took away from my writing and more carefully editing other writers.
And since Craig’s gone on record saying his columns didn’t require much editing – or as he puts it, “ghostwriting,” I’m going to publish unedited his last two columns submitted earlier this month that did not run.
For your reading enjoyment.
I wish The Scribe nothing but the best and hope that in the near future he and I can resume our former relationship of him talking and me writing. Just not on a seven days a week basis.
This just in, Craig says he’s reached an agreement to write one or two columns a week on Tony’s Kansas City.