Reporting or commenting on the news is one thing but being part of it is quite another. I’m finding that out in the storm surrounding Trish Romano’s Village Voice cover story on Ultragrrrl. As it panned out, the subject itself of the story wasn’t as much of a controversy as what was said there, including some quotes of mine. The follow-up included an angry blog post that I did here, laying out my history and involvement in the process of the article- I also posted that information to the Voice website. Following that, I heard from Romano, who I’ve known before. Not only had I praised her downtown club pieces for the Voice in the rockcritics.com yearly round-up but besides that, I also considered her a friend though the later didn’t make me do the former- I believe that a real friend doesn’t blindly praise another friend’s work as she really did deserve the accolades and I’d maintain that regardless of anything else said or done. Needless to say though, it rubbed me the wrong way when I saw the Ultragrrrl piece and a quote that I asked not to be in there. When we spoke, I found out that it was a misunderstanding and I believed her- Romano cares enough about journalism, her work and what she covers that this should be obvious. Articles don’t always come out the way that we like- I’ve had plenty mangled by editors and where I’ve had no say in the matter. I have no doubt that Romano will go on to write good pieces for the Voice. Sorry to disappoint anyone who was looking for a good fight here but we all have better things to do with our time…
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