Readers respond to "Catcher in the Raw"
I don't know where you found this guy, but Sports Illustrated would love him ("Catcher in the Raw," 5/13/09). As a big baseball fan, I can't remember a better piece of sports writing. WOW.
Hit for the cycle
Perfect tribute to one of the most likable and under-the-radar Minnesota Twins! Great writing, awesome description, superb insight! Nice job!
Conventional sports writing is loathe to accommodate such literary acumen as this writer has emblazoned. As captivating and verbose as Poe giving essential life to even the most tepid of topics. Bravo, Mr. Hansen. You have a new fan.
Hair of the dog
Way to take one for the team, Mullet Man ("Mullet Like Me," 5/19/09). My thoughts are with you as you continue on your long and arduous journey. Ignore the haters, ignore the haters.
The type of humor Jake is attempting was in vogue close to 10 years ago, in the pages of Vice magazine. Sadly, he's not that great of a writer and his project shows zero originality.
But, no biggie. Not being funny isn't a crime. What is inexcusable is the description at the top his blog referencing Black Like Me. It's offensive. And it's hard not to read it as racist.
Mullet jokes were pretty funny in 1994, when they first appeared in Grand Royal magazine. Not so much anymore.
Brooklyn, New York
As a best-selling humor author, I've learned that humor is subjective. Some people just don't get it—never will (like Flow, for instance). Perhaps if Flow posted some of his/her own writing projects, we could all be enlightened as to what constitutes good humor writing. I, for one, think that Nyberg is an incredibly gifted (and funny) writer—and I'm not alone.
As for the comment about this parody—based on the Black Like Me premise—as being racist...well, that moronic conclusion doesn't even warrant comment.
Hair today, gone tomorrow
A "gifted writer"? That is funnier than anything Nyberg has written. I can already tell that Tim is a "best-selling humor author" (from Green Bay, Wisconsin, no less).
My point is that Nyberg's work is not only terribly executed, it's also incredibly trite. Mullet humor has been done to death. And Nyberg's take on it is 100 percent rehash of what has been done, much more artfully, in other sources (Vice, Grand Royal, etc.) many, many years ago.
As far as the racist angle, yes, it's obviously racist. Racism at its core is the belief that one is superior to another based on ethnicity. So yes, mocking the civil rights movement, which was an attempt to gain equal rights for people who are not white (like Nyberg), indicates that Nyberg views the fight for equality with zero deference or respect.
The irony is that John Howard Griffin, a white man, wrote Black Like Me to expose the white privilege that people like Jake Nyberg enjoy, but are oblivious to.
P.S. What have you written, Tim?
Brooklyn, New York
Flow makes good points but undermined his/her argument (and pretty much comes off like a prick) when he/she feels the need to look down upon Tim for being from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Flow speaks of the racism and unoriginality of others but is clearly a cultural elitist type who thinks it's fine to put other people down based on where they live. We can't all live in the über-"cool" mecca that is Brooklyn, pal (nor would we all want to). Would it be cool for me to assume that because you live in Brooklyn you're a trust-fund kid living off your parents' money and spending excessive amounts of time and money on your ironic hipster look in an attempt to fit in with all the other self-important jack-offs whose acceptance you so crave? No, that wouldn't be very cool, would it?
The art of Best Of
Thanks to you—and all who were involved with this year's "Best of the Twin Cities" issue—for naming the Minnesota State Arts Board the "best use of taxpayer money." At a time when public resources are stretched thin, we are extremely pleased to be recognized as a wise public investment and a good steward of the dollars entrusted to us. And we are grateful that Minnesota voters passed the legacy amendment, sending a clear message that they are willing to make an even greater investment in Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage for years to come. Thanks, again, for this honor, and for all you do to promote the work of Minnesota artists and arts organizations in each City Pages issue.
Sue Gens, executive director, Minnesota State Arts Board
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