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April 14, 2005

Coming soon: Christian comment abuse from two English-speaking countries

Courtesy The Grauniad.

Posted by Chris Clarke at April 14, 2005 05:41 PM TrackBack URL for this entry:
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There's a Reason The Guardian is the Best Paper in Britain
Excerpt: Most people in the blog world I inhabit have read this post by Chris Clarke. It's one of the most moving pieces I've read in a long time. Today I went to The Guardian's webpage, and there's the name
Weblog: What Do I Know?
Tracked: April 15, 2005 02:17 AM
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Comments

Cool. But you're going to have to rename your comment thread, "For Masochists Only."

Posted by: tost at April 14, 2005 06:12 PM
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Am I famous and trolled by association now?

Posted by: Allison at April 14, 2005 07:02 PM
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Ooo, international infamy. Wait, you had something in a Brit mag a few years ago, no?

At least they'll pay you for it. They will, right? I'm wondering how a contract with payment amount contingent on amount, degree, and species of abuse would work.

Posted by: Ron Sullivan at April 14, 2005 08:01 PM
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OMG!!! I clicked on The G. today and saw your name on the sidebar....COOL! I'm going out to buy a paper, want me to get you a copy?

I'm so excited for you I c an't ypet!

Posted by: KathyF at April 15, 2005 12:55 AM
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Oh, sure...sell your soul to the MSM for a little fame and glory. Your friends in the blogosphere just weren't enough for you, huh?

Posted by: PZ Myers at April 15, 2005 07:19 AM
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Congrats on that Guardian gig.

For a minute, I thought these guys were talking about that other Guardian.

Posted by: Roxanne at April 15, 2005 07:46 AM
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Hah! Paul, I happen to know that this guy has accepted feelthy lucre from Knight-Ridder!

Posted by: Ron Sullivan at April 15, 2005 07:46 AM
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PZ: They came to me, and offered me money. What could I say?

Roxanne, I'm sure the other Guardian would have been all over the story if Morin had worked for PG&E.

Ron, the other Brit mag was New Internationalist.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 15, 2005 09:37 AM
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It seems unfortunate to me that the little summary the Guardian put under the headline really blunts the impact of your writing.

Posted by: Jeremy Leader at April 15, 2005 11:22 AM
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That deck did make me wince a very little bit. But I understand the editor's need to pull people into the story.

Anyway, that was by no means the worst headline-writer treatment my writing's ever gotten in a daily paper.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 15, 2005 11:30 AM
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This ran on page 6-7 of the G2 section, which is where all the good stuff is. There's a teaser on the first page of the section, "Chris Clarke: My friend the serial killer. Page 6" and also one for "Liz Hurley: I don't have time for cosmetic surgery." There's also a piece inside on Andrea Dworkin, and "Q.: Camilla or Diana: Who's done the least for feminism?"

The spread has a couple of side items on it too, but otherwise it's all Chris's text (with one sentence deleted and GOP explained), the 72 pt headline "I helped him soundproof the van..." and a huge picture of "Ray". Too bad they had to use his pic instead of the author.

(BTW, did anyone notice in the Texas inmate certificate Chris linked to, the victim's race is listed as "white female"?)

So, there's the company Chris is keeping today. Will he even talk to us when he's internationally famous?

Posted by: KathyF at April 15, 2005 11:51 AM
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please tell me you haven't taken filthy lucre from the Newspaper Agency!

Posted by: Roxanne at April 15, 2005 12:00 PM
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Is that what "infamous" stands for?

Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 15, 2005 12:16 PM
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please tell me you haven't taken filthy lucre from the Newspaper Agency!

Just once, and it was five years ago, and they made me wince hard when I saw what they did to my lede.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 15, 2005 12:21 PM
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Yawn. Call me when you get a monthly column in The New Republic.

Posted by: the_bone at April 15, 2005 04:10 PM
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Hey, congratulations! That's just about my favorite newspaper, so I'm way more impressed than if it had merely been the NY Times or something (let alone The New Republic - *shudder*).

Posted by: Dave at April 16, 2005 01:14 PM
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