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Juli Thanki | December 2nd, 2011

  • Bloodshot Records is giving out a free sampler highlighting their 2011 releases from artists like Paul Burch, Andre Williams, Scott H. Biram, and more.
  • Performing Songwriter is streaming the new, excellent Guy Clark tribute album This One’s for Him, and also giving away copies of the CD.
  • 2011 marked folksinger Judy Collins’ 50th year as a recording artist; she celebrated with a new album and memoir.
  • Last week the Marksmen Quartet, a bluegrass gospel group, had their van and gear stolen in South Carolina.
  • Vince Gill is serving as the Grand Marshall for Nashville’s Christmas parade this evening.
  • We fired up the random number generator, and the winner of our Dixie Chicks giveaway is Julia McCrossin. Congratulations, Julia, and check your email. If you didn’t win this time around, wipe away the tears: we’ll have another giveaway next week.
  • Michelle Evans of The Vinyl District interviewed Ben Nichols of Lucero, who talks about the band’s most recent album and his plans for a graphic novel.
  1. badrockandroll
    December 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Erwin Bosman is in desperate need of an editor and proof reader. Perhaps there were interesting ideas in that mess of poor spelling and poor diction, but I could not read further than the fourth paragraph.

  2. Jon
    December 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Erwin Bosman is apparently not a native English speaker, which might offer those with a trace of generosity the opportunity to make some allowances.

  3. Barry Mazor
    December 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Yep; what Jon said about Erwin. And also the note, in case anybody is not aware, that No Depression rid itself of its editors quite awhile ago.

  4. badrockandroll
    December 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    The casualness of the internet will be the downfall of the English language. If I presumed to write a critical essay in Dutch, I would be the first person to seek the assistance of a native speaker to ensure that my ideas were not expressed in a sloppy fashion. Generous or not, if I have to read sentences two or three times, and still be unsure of the meaning, then the attempt to communicate has failed.

  5. luckyoldsun
    December 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Badrock’s and Jons’ comment piqued my interest and I started to read the Brosman article.

    It was not as awful as I was expecting, at least not at the beginning. The only out-and-out error I spotted was “second rang” instead of second rank. I think he also meant “clothes” rather than “cloths.”

    What made it so difficult to read is that the whole article is in italic type for no apparent reason, there are no spaces after the periods and the paragraphs are way too long.

    But when I got to this “sentence”–After having navigated with many a compromise act between the painful thorns of the slavery issue and its extension in the north-south political struggle, the Emancipation Declaration of 1863 and the settlement of the Civil War in 1865 laid the cards open on the table, at least for the moment.”–I bailed out.

  6. Barry Mazor
    December 4, 2011 at 10:46 am

    “Filtering” has come to be seen as “simply” a means of control. Done by someone with ( if you’ll pardon the expression), taste, discretion, a light touch and respect, it’s also the best means of arriving at Quality control. Nothing’s yet been found that replaces it for the identification of Shinola.

  7. Jon
    December 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

    The casualness of the internet will be the downfall of the English language.

    And the anonymity of the internet will be the downfall of accountability. Hmm, I wonder which is more important – grammar and diction or personal integrity?

  8. badrockandroll
    December 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    And when your readers cannot understand your message, or worse still, misunderstand it and repeat it to others, while properly attributing it to you, where is your integrity?

    I left Erwin’s piece midpoint, with the impression that it was a rather simplistic and not terribly revolutionary account of cultural appropriation. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t finish it, but that was not only because of the grammar and diction: hackneyed phrasing and clumsy literary devises blockaded rather than impeded my understanding of and interest in whatever it was he was trying to say. When your reader leaves your piece with not even the curiousity to go to another source about your subject matter, you have not added to the critical dialogue, and you have not succeeded as an author.

  9. Jon
    December 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    He’s a blogger, you’re a blogger; his piece was rather simplistic and not terribly revolutionary, your attack on him even more simplistic and even less interesting. The only difference I can see between you is that he has the integrity to use his name and you don’t.

    And by the way, you misspelled “curiosity” and “devices,” while this: “blockaded rather than impeded” is gibberish indicating an insufficient understanding of what these words mean. I’m not one to flame folks for spelling and similar errors, but I would think that someone who felt compelled to blather at length about a non-native English speaker’s shortcomings in the writing department would take care to have his own house in order.

  10. badrockandroll
    December 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Blogs are wonderful things aren’t they? One can moonlight as thought police and tout one’s own work, all from the comfort of one’s own home.

  11. Jon
    December 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    It’s always a little amusing when people (especially those who hide behind pseudonyms) dispense criticism and then whine about having any at all directed their way – but only a little. Mostly it’s just depressing. Have a nice day.

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