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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Mea Culpa (Or, Who's the Weenie Now?)

So a few days ago I wrote a post about an article in SF Magazine written by Josh Sens, which I suggested beared some similarities to some of my own bon mots. I also mentioned that the article is good and that I enjoyed it.

I'd like you all to know that I don't *actually* believe that Mr.Sens used any of my words as inspiration as I am but a tiny speck in the food writing community. He seems like a lovely, honest writer and I didn't mean to imply that he was sketchy in any way.

I received a nice e-mail from Mr. Sens letting me know that he hadn't heard of me until this morning. In fact, he informed me that the portions of his story where the similarities appeared (the title and the headline) were written by his editor. Oops.

My sincere apologies, Mr.Sens.


"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
--La Rochefoucauld


Blogger Sam said...

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8/11/2005 9:27 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I love Josh's article too. It caused me to embark on a little introspection and self questioning. I am still dwelling on it.
After what Josh said about food bloggers and online food writers in the article, it seemed most unlikely that he would have stolen anything from any of them.
He's a good egg, you know, like from Marin Sun Farms or somewhere similar.

8/11/2005 9:28 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

Totally. The fact that he doesn't take himself too seriously earns him an A+. Really nice guy -- and a really good sport.

8/11/2005 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you the person he said was venimous and called your writing "online blather"? I think it was pretty clear from his article that he doesn't read blogs or care about them. This should put to rest the whole thing about professional restaurant critics caring what bloggers do or say. I really like some blogs and find them entertaining, but accept the fact that most of your readers are people like me who are bored at work, your family and other bloggers. So many of you have a sense of self-importance and take it so seriously, which is the very thing you say you hate about the print media restaurant critics! It also seems there is a lot of jealousy, because I don't believe any of you wouldn't take a job at a newspaper or magazine to be called a "professional restaurant critic" and have people actually read it and take it seriously. And to do it for a living and not have to do your boring jobs. Speaking of which, hear comes my boss. Back to the database.

8/12/2005 11:15 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

Oh, anonymous, how brave of you to use your real name! No it was not me, as you can see in the comments section of the original post. I would never, ever try to alienate a critic, and as you would see if you read more of my blog, I've also never said I hate print critics, because, well, if you've been paying attention to the HUGE logo at the top of my blog, I AM a print critic. So your theory there is pretty much shot to shit.

If you spend a little time on my humble little site, you'd see I get comments from chefs (around the world, no less), so again, theory blown. And for the record, I started this blog *for* my friends. The fact that anyone else reads it, and that I got a print job out of it, is just a bonus.

And if my "day job" was "boring", I'd at least pick something that made a little money rather than being the actor/acting teacher that I am.

I have no problem with criticism, as long as it's informed, which yours, clearly, is not.

If you are unhappy with your life, don't project it onto me with sweeping generalizations about food bloggers.

Have a great day!

8/12/2005 12:27 PM  

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