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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Study Guide Questions for The Stranger, Volume 23, Issue 19

Posted on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

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1. Using comedic exaggeration, please comment on how thin this week's issue of The Stranger is. Here are three examples to get you started:

a. This week's issue of The Stranger is so thin that if you turn it sideways, it disappears.

b. What happens if you try to open this week's issue of The Stranger? Nothing. A single piece of paper can't be split in half lengthwise.

c. This week's issue of The Stranger is as thin as the job prospects of Stranger staffers, who will presumably be out of work soon because the paper is so thin.

2. JEN GRAVES contributes another surprisingly readable visual art review in this week's paper, which, if you don't count last week's special Regrets issue, means that she has written two decent reviews in a row. Has Ms. Graves been replaced by a Google-produced content-making algorithm prototype? Or does practice make perfect after all?

3a. In the music section, EMILY NOKES celebrates the music club Neumos, which is now 10 years old (or, if you include a previous incarnation of the club, 20), by interviewing the club owner and several bands that have played there. Besides some mean-spirited gossip about Gavin Rossdale, can you find anything newsworthy in this advertorial piece? Could one reason for The Stranger's relative thinness this week have to do with Ms. Nokes giving away advertising for free in a section of the paper ordinarily set aside for content?

3b. On a separate sheet of paper, list the reasons Gavin Rossdale doesn't deserve this kind of shoddy treatment. (Note: Even though they may seem so, Rossdale's dreamy eyes are not a good enough reason.)

4. CLARE GORDON reviews two Scandinavian bakeries in Seattle. Is there a word for hoping that something is so irrelevant, it somehow magically swings back into relevance? Could that be the impetus behind this piece, do you think?

5. In the theater section, BRENDAN KILEY discusses a play that combines noted film actor Christopher Walken with Russian literature. In the books section, PAUL CONSTANT reviews a memoir set, in large part, in Soviet Russia. Could this represent a push by The Stranger's editorial board to coax the general public into reconsidering communism, perhaps at the behest of new Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant? What other reason could there be to highlight these two works of art at this particular moment? Does this probable editorial mandate indicate a problematic road for The Stranger in 2014?

 

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MacCrocodile 1
This week's issue of The Stranger is so thin, your momma keeps a picture of it taped to her bathroom wall above the scale as her thinspiration. "Someday," she says to herself, touching the photo of the unrealistically thin periodical, "Someday I'll be pretty."
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on January 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
This week's issue of The Stranger is so thin, its parents sent it to therapy because of its eating disorder. It's making some real progress.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on January 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 3
This week's issue of the Stranger is so thin that Karen Carpenter thinks it has a problem.

This week's issue of the Stranger is so thin that Goldy is using it as a pretext to praise Kshama Sawant (or criticize Murray, whatever)

This weeks' issue of the Stranger is so thin that it makes the book Intelligent Things John Bailo has Said look like War and Peace

This weeks' issue of The Stranger is so thin you can't even use it for toilet paper, the print edition's primary use.

This week's issue of The Stranger is so thin that the fat guy in Monty Python's Meaning of Life ate it after dinner and was fine.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM · Report this
originalcinner 4
"This weeks' issue of the Stranger is so thin that it makes the book Intelligent Things John Bailo has Said look like War and Peace."

Hahahahahaha. I like that one.
Posted by originalcinner on January 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM · Report this
leek 5
This week's issue of The Stranger is so thin, it had to post a diatribe about how thinshaming is just as bad as fatshaming and we should all be ashamed of ourselves.
Posted by leek on January 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
rob! 6
Re: this week's cover,

Oo! Oo! Do this one next!

(More.)
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on January 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 7
This week's issue of The Stranger is so thin, it advertises "up to 40% greater pleasure" for both partners, but there is an increased risk of tearing.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on January 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 8
@6
Nice links.
I sense disturbing trends in nearly all the advertisements of today. Maybe it will take me 30 or more years to be able to laugh about it.
Posted by dnt trust me on January 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM · Report this
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This week's issue of The Stranger is so thin, it is used by professional assassins as razor wire.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 10
These thin jokes are offensive. When can we get back to the fat jokes?
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on January 8, 2014 at 2:48 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 11
@10 - Maybe around the time this week's issue of The Stranger eats a sandwich!
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on January 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM · Report this

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