Hank Stuever is one of the best writers in the country. He’s a Pulitzer finalist. Works at the Washington Post. Smart guy. Funny. And if you’ve been following along at home, you know that he wrote a book called Tinsel, which is, on its surface, about Christmas in Frisco. But it’s really about suburban America and our consumer culture. Great book. We excerpted it in our December issue.
Steve Blow hasn’t read the book, but he has an opinion about it. Here’s a post he put up yesterday:
I’m sure Hank Stuever is a very talented writer. But ever since I heard about his book on how Christmas is celebrated in Frisco, I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to read it.
Well, after reading most of the excerpt in yesterday’s Washington Post, I stand by that judgment. I couldn’t even bring myself to finish the excerpt.
Maybe it’s all just too familiar to me but somehow deeply fascinating to outsiders.
The various exotic tribes and cultures covered in National Geographic probably find those articles boring and obvious, too.
Seriously. He wrote that. A newspaper columnist working in the fifth-largest media market in America actually wrote that.
You know what? As long as Steve Blow is working at the Dallas Morning News, none of the other stuff matters. The editors reporting to salespeople? It doesn’t matter. Because whatever changes are made there, they will all be overshadowed by the fact that one of the paper’s most high-profile writers is such an embarrassment.