posted by October 15 at 17:14 PMon
This past week’s Letters section included this one:
DEAR EDITOR: I am delighted every week to lay my hands on the newest issue of The Stranger. Every article is well written and interesting (even when they drone on and on about the newest and hottest cookie-cutter electronica snoozefest), but on every read-through there is a point where I set down the paper and sigh.
Bar Exam: STOP BOLDING RANDOM SENTENCES. [Boldface from the original] Bethany Jean Clement is grossly abusing her ctrl-B privileges. An example—”…people bedded down in run-down campers under part of the West Seattle Bridge, a community in the shadows with grit sifting down on it” [Bar Exam, Sept 25]—bolded text implies emphasis. Ms. Clement might be proud of her flowery prose (it’s cute, really), but the next time I’m attending a poetry jam, I’ll listen carefully to see if any of the professionals loudly shout the bits they’re particularly proud of (and laugh when they do). Until Clement’s habit becomes a national trend, I’ll keep making fun of this free paper.
Here is Mr. Phalon’s envelope:
In case you can’t see it, by the drawing near the return address, it reads “An attractive young man,” while by the drawing of the goblin, it reads “The editor is some sort of goblin.” We will take Mr. Phalon at his word that he is an attractive young man; everyone knows that each and every Stranger editor is some sort of goblin.
In the Comments on the pertinent Letters section, DANE rose to my defense:
I think “Kavan Phalon” is a piping hot TWAT WAFFLE.
We’ll set DANE’s opinion aside. The thing is, every column in The Stranger employs BOLDING RANDOM SENTENCES (or phrases, as the case may be). Mr. Phalon, it is not by choice; the goblin-editors IMPOSE THIS UPON US. All the arts columns are thus imposed upon: In Art News is forced to use random bolding, as is Constant Reader and Theater News. (I might also point out that all of these run before Bar Exam in the paper, meaning if you’re going to sigh and put it down, Mr. Phalon, you have up to three previous opportunities to do so.)
So, is RANDOM BOLDING a thing of abject horror to you all? Please do tell and we will take the findings to the goblin-panel.
RANDOM BOLDING IS: