That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Barack Palin" from last night.
"No offense," a woman wrote to the public e-mail account for The Common Ills, "but I feel like you were a little too focused on going to the Oscars to do the work required. The latest weekly round of articles was lacking."
Martha slid that e-mail over to me. We both believe it was aimed to C.I. Who won't see it and probably wouldn't even know of it if I weren't writing about it right now.
C.I. and Ava wrote "TV: Now You Know Why the Caged Hamster Squeaks" and they worked on the editorial, helped choose the "truests" and also came up with radio highlight of the week. In addition, C.I. and Elaine took part in Jess' discussion on violence and the Occupy movement.
That night, C.I. was at The Common Ills with "And the war drags on . . " and calling out AP, ABC News and McClatchy for their insensitivity and stupidity. This morning, after something like two hours of sleep, she did a piece on "Veterans issues" and her usual Iraq coverage "Moqtada vs. Nouri." We then flew into DC, attended a hearing this afternoon and she and Ava are speaking to a group of college students right now.
I'm having a hard time seeing how the Oscars impacted C.I.'s output.
You might not like the latest edition of Third, that's you're right. But don't try to pin it on the Oscars. Or on C.I.
She did her part and then some. I think Dona wrote a great piece. Ty's was an attention getting piece (not an insult, he meant it to be and that's why he opened with what he did). Jim wasn't happy with his piece but didn't want to rewrite and no one had time to help with an edit.
We had planned to do a TESR Test Kitchen piece (I noted that Friday) but there wasn't time. And note that many times, when we finally crash after the all night writing session, we regroup that evening and work some more. That didn't happen. And it could have.
I really think it's silly to pretend that C.I.'s at fault or the problem.
Oh, how I hate Liz Phair. I was reminded of that tonight when listening to World Cafe (NPR). It was a look back at the 90s. I'm not griping that Liz was included. She should be. She's earned her 90s spot and her "Divorce Song" (performed live in the studio) was almost solid.
But I just can't take her. She's such a damn liar.
She lied about her only good album and then couldn't stick to the lie. (Exile is not really a response to the Stones' Exile.)
And the interview broadcast tonight was Lying Liz.
It was from 2003 and she was insisting that she did what she wanted with the album Liz Phair that came out that year. She wanted to work with the Matrix apparently. (She didn't mention them. They were behind all of Avril's hits at that time.) Bulls**t.
She mentioned Michael Penn told her to stick with the cuts she originally intended for that fourth album.
She forgot to mention on air that Michael Penn produced them.
She said Capitol was enthusiastic about those recordings.
Capitol told her they wouldn't release that album.
But she lied on World Cafe saying she was the one who wasn't happy.
What a whore.
Liz you're such a joke.
And here's what's really great.
Her efforts to whore didn't get her anywhere.
The fourth album was rightly crucified. (A forty year old woman shouldn't be trying to sound like teenage Avril.) And now Liz is without a label because Capitol dropped her. She whored for them. And they dropped her. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
By the way, check out that broadcast if you like Evan Dando. (Back in the 90s, many of us did. He was something to see.) He performs with Juliana Hatfield. I have no knowledge of her because her s**t about "I'm a virgin" got real old. (And made her a joke like Victoria Jackson.)
She had a few solid tunes and is best known today probably for "I hate my sister, she's such a bitch . . ." Or maybe "Spinning Around Again" from the film Reality Bites. But she is talented. It's a shame she chose such a cloying identity to hide behind. It drove away a lot of listeners. (And the reality was she was sleeping around, she was cutting herself and she was so dark. People could have identified with that. Instead, she wanted to play, "I'm a virgin!" and tell that lie in interview after interview.)
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"