You got that right. D. Parvaz is the best thing in the P-I - funny and spot-on. And sweet mother of god, somebody get rid of "Girl About Town" (I think it's the Times) and give us more D. Parvaz.
Nobody reads the PI
I do. Love, love Parvaz. Sorbo makes my cringe, although I like her in person.
Some managers believe in this concept of 'senority' and that under 50 types like these two have to 'earn' their place, lest they intimidate the over 60 set. It's stupid.
Parvaz IS on the editorial board, however. That's pretty great.
Speaking of grouchy, why are YOU working on a Staurday, Dan?
@3 - It makes sense, because printed newspapers' primary audience is the 50 and over set. You know, people who don't use the internets, and the same group who won't be discarding their new Yellow Pages.
Actually, that's awfully tame and standard commentary - shooting the wounded as they say - another, sigh, columnist with an opinion, doing no reporting whatsoever; she's "good" because you happen to agree with her (you aren't grooming her as your new best P-I columnist friend now that Paynter is gone are you?).
This columnist too will pass, leaving behind a body of work that once again no one will remember...
How long is the box going to be there?
And other comments made while high.
Just read the Parvaz piece - on your hype - should be on her personal site -not very interesting, old stuff - the obvious - no conclusion just strung together old news snippets - some of the postings about the piece are more interesting than the article - no use of language
she is boring - Joel writes multiple circles around her
maybe in 20 more years ?? hire her Dan, teach her to get on point and shout - and maybe some wit - and new angle
The ownership of the PI has an incentive to let it go in the toilet, if the PI closes Hearst gets a portion of the Times profits for like 50 years
@1 Condiment Grrl:
Joel C. is boring.
You know who wasn't boring? Kathleen Wilson. There, I said it.
Hate to be a contrarian, but I can't fucking stand Parvaz's political stuff. She's a master of the obvious and always picks the easiest topics and comes to the most rote, knee-jerk liberal conclusions.
An example: When Bush was welcomed like a hero in Albania after getting (deservedly) mocked everywhere else in the world, one might want to know more. What is it about Bush and his fucked-up policies that appealed to them? Why is it that a society composed primarily of Muslims cheers our president, while more Christian nations like Germany and Italy greeted him with protests and scorn? There's an interesting story there.
But Parvaz isn't intellectually curious enough to try and answer the question. She wrote another diatribe filled with the same old recriminations and accusations. It was actually a form of insult, along the lines of, "hey Albania, if you're stupid enough to like this guy, you're welcome to him." It's lazy writing. Was she afraid she might find a valid reason why the Albanians like Bush? If she can't leave her shell of anti-Bush resentment long enough to be an actual reporter, she's rather useless, no?
Somebody else suggested hiring her at The Stranger. Good idea. Please help her to become a better journalist, or relegate her to softer topics better suited to non-investigative reporting.
the CIA has spent many millions building secret prisons in Albania -the most regressive country in all of Europe.
Interesting Bush would work with the most fucked of the old commie states - Albania and North Korea have a lot in common.
Gawd, give me the reporter columnist like T.McDermott (now LA Times) R. Anderson (now Weekly)and others who actually left the building to get a story. Like Breslin, Hamill and Royko those type of street-politics types wrote with original style and humor; they didn't sit around the office and contemplate the mood and soul of America. Parvaz and Sorbo? Yeah, that's what journalism and the blogosphere need today - another opinion!
@ #1: Yes!!!! Parvaz is the coolest thing they got, and all I see is that ridiculous "On the Town" tw-- everywhere. That column is the biggest joke on paper. A young asian chick pretends to be Mary Hart about double-z list not-even-celebrities in Seattle? And that is hip how and why? Parvaz's left eyebrow is savvier than that b----.
Parvaz has fantastic insights and is crazy funny--all while managing NOT to pander to the lowest common denominator. Which is what the P-I does on every other inch of the paper. I cancelled my subscription over that new NW section, BTW. I had a feeling it was aimed at me, in a purely demographic sense, so take that PI. Some of us ladies are not vacuous, Sex In The City worhipping, don't know nuthin but shopping wastes of space.
You're burying your lead and leading with fluff.
There's nothing wrong with being Asian. If Pamela Sitt was writing about something interesting in an interesting way, we'd all be happy that there was a top Asian reporter on staff.
As it is, I'm jealous of her hair, jealous that she's getting into swank parties for free all the time, and jealous that she's getting paid to write about them. Frankly, I don't want to hear about all the riche parties I'm missing while saving my pennies. Keep it to yourself, Pamela Sitt!
Isn't it a shame that DOROTHY Parvaz couldn't take her praise with grace? Instead she had to get her "little friends" to jump on Pam Sitt, down to the Asian bashing. Nice little show of racism there, DOROTHY. How's come you stoop to that? Was it over a job you lost?
I second Here Comes The Marines: Too many (almost all) columnists, news and editorial pages, are telling us merely what they think, not what they know - perhaps because they don't know much more than we do. When you finally find someone who is informed - reports AND opines - even when you disagree (Christopher Hitchens comes to mind), it's a rare discovery today.
@18: Why is it so hard for you to believe that people could dislike Pamela Sitt's vapid, forgettable columns without prompting from others?
I'm just happy they moved Parvaz from the "lifestyle" (aka Girl Journalist Ghetto) to the editorial section. It was about damn time, too.
Dan Savage must be joking. Parvaz is an idiot, a late-30s "writer" who sounds more like a high school student. Her writing reads like something out of a college newspaper, at best. If she's actually intelligent, she manages to hide it by littering her writing with inane filler such as "natch," "umm," "eeeuwww" and "for reals" - perhaps to mask the fact that she has nothing insightful to say. She also seems completely unable to make a point without some lame (usually dated) pop culture reference. In today's about the woes of traveling to Vancouver, B.C., she remarked that train service was "as irregular as Britney Spears' period." As Parvaz might write - uuuugh.
The Seattle P-I can do better. It's insulting to the younger demographic they're trying to attract to believe that those readers don't want or deserve something more intelligent than Parvaz's vapid, inane ramblings.
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