I’ll say one thing about that “I was once young and drunk in Baltimore” article that the New York Times featured on the front of the Sunday Review section last week: It sure has generated some amusing responses.
Today’s opinion pages feature two letters to the editor about the Baltimore piece, one brief one that praises writer Tim Kreider’s “gonzo journalism,” and then a much longer, meatier one that excoriates Kreider for his “distorted and jaundiced view of a city that offers much in the way of nonalcoholic activities.” It concludes: “If Mr. Kreider’s departure from the city a decade ago had been more widely known, it is obvious that it would have been a cause for local celebration.” Yow!
There was also a great discussion about the article on the Marc Steiner show — the podcast version should be up shortly.
Do you think that the article was just an elaborate plot to get people talking? If so, in that way it was a success.