My review? I was rushed big time. I'll go in and clean it up (change "to" to "too" in one sentence and take out an "I" that's not needed in another sentence).
I said I'd have one up today or tomorrow. And I did. But only by farming out tags and links to a friend of C.I.'s. And there are a ton of tags.
So I was trying to place them in their historical context and to do so in a conversational manner so it didn't seem like, "Oh, God, she's even got footnotes!"
By the way, I'm noted in the snapshot, the review, so I told everyone, "Don't worry about tossing me a link." Everyone's kind enough to do that when I do a review (everyone in the community) and I appreciate it but I know Isaiah's comics are sometimes something I have to come back in and add right after I post because I want to be sure and include a link to him but I sometimes forget due to daily life and other distractions. So don't ask someone, "Why didn't you note Kat's review?" It's covered in the snapshot which goes up at all the sites posting tonight.
I am a Wilson Phillips fan and I hope that came across in the piece. Early reaction is good but there are two of you e-mailing who do not think I should have written about Ava and C.I. almost reviewing Wilson Phillips reality show.
Brenda e-mailed to ask, "Was that a private conversation?" And the other person hints around about that. What I can tell you is that Ava and C.I. knew that was in it before it published and they were fine with it.
And they could have written the piece on that reality show because they know all three members of WP and I did hear various stories last week while they were discussing whether or not to cover it.
There were reasons against it besides what I noted in my piece.
For example, one time they covered a reality show featuring someone they knew and talking about the marriage which was supposed to be perfect and they took the husband apart for a variety of reasons including the fact that he didn't respect the wife. Within a week of their piece going up, the wife filed for divorce. And they really hesitate about reality shows with people they know for that reason.
They also don't care for reality shows.
But in the case of the marriage, they wonder, did they see a marriage dissolving in the show -- if so it wasn't clear to anyone else -- or did they point out things that their friend had never noticed and once she did notice, it ended her marriage?
A number of other people commenting on the Ava and C.I. section at the top of my piece wanted me to note how hard Ava and C.I. work on those TV pieces. Sabina e-mailed that she couldn't imagine many people who would discuss a piece for Sunday all week and then not write it because another issue had to be addressed. "I love that they took on sexism," Sabine wrote. "But after discussing the WilsonPhillip show all week, think how easy it would have been to ignore the sexism of certain critics and to instead just write the WilsonPhillip article you'd been discussing."
Brady wondered how often that happened?
All the time.
Let me talk last week, okay?
A front runner for them was Wilson Phillips. That would promote the album and let them grab a TV show to focus on -- just one -- so there would be some good aspects to writing it.
Another possibility was coming from NBC and ABC friends. An on air at ABC and a producer at NBC wanted them to cover the news coverage of an event (not the Trayvon Martin murder). They did a lot of phone calls on that, doing research, running down leads. In the end, that fell by the wayside because they just couldn't get into the piece.
A friend whose show is "on the bubble" asked them if they would review it. He said that good or bad, just some internet talk might make a difference. They hadn't watched the show. So Thursday morning, all these discs and scripts arrive via Fed Ex. And they're going through the scripts and watching the discs and then by Friday evening telling him they'll have to take a pass for a number of reasons.
In addition to that, they were also considering an MSNBC piece and forcing themselves to catch a few shows on that network (they hate that network -- or that network at night, they don't mind Andrea Mitchell or others who do news).
So that's four pieces that they did work on -- a great deal of work, in fact -- and when Sunday rolled around, they wrote "TV: The Charge of the Niche Brigade" which was a completely different piece. That started with a text from an friend (a TV actress) who texted them as we were getting on the airplane Saturday morning. She was offended by the attacks on Ashely Judd. And that's a topic that Ava and C.I. had already been talking about during the week. So, on the plane ride, they outlined the piece and made a list of who they wanted to call to nail down some things (just five people -- just because that's a small number for them) and that's what they ended up writing.
But, yes, they bust their asses for the TV pieces. People just don't know. It used to be so much easier when they just covered an entertainment show.
I'll be reviewing Bonnie Raitt's new album this weekend, FYI.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"