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Dear Art,

I have been cheating on you, Mr. ARTicles blog. Look, I couldn't help it. I found Facebook baby and it was almost all over between you and me. Facebook is fun, quick, easy and has lots of playtoys and games and friends. No strings attached. You can write what you want and take full responsibility with nobody accusing you of hurting people or misrepresenting the field. It's not serious. It's social. And I have enjoyed every minute (upon minute upon minute upon minute).

Meanwhile, the potential blog items for you, Mr. ARTicles, have mounted, cluttering up my Drafts Inbox. I can find every excuse in the book for not tackling them. Generally speaking it's the research that's deters me. It's the commitment.

But I am back in your fold, now, because as with all good things in life, you get what you give and, the blog, in spite of its passive aggressive stranglehold on one's journalism-conscience is the more rewarding relationship.

Among your many constraints to which I will yield is this: You love news, breaking news, news nobody else knows. I have plenty of that. I knew about the Getty layoffs, Jennifer Dunning and Bernard Holland taking the buyouts and I also know who will win the Tony for Best Musical. But, if I tell, I have to keep telling. I have to get it right each and every time. AND I will have many enemies, which damages my real job, the one that pays me. (In the future I will take the risk when it is ethically right to do so. Promise.) 

Your second love is regularity. Sorry, Bud, but that gets boring.

Third passion of yours is for brevity. I just feel it. You, Mr. Blogman ARTicles macho-super whip, prefer the terse and tasty touch. Yet, my favorite bloggers write long and detailed stories. But I fall in love with them at first sight. If they don't catch me on the first graph, they will never catch me. So, I have decided that you like it short, because I am too chicken and too overworked to dedicate days and days to developing a good story, because they don't come naturally to me anyway. (And you know that, you do.)

Your concession to me and others is to find rapture in visuals. You are an arts blog after all, and it suits you fine to see and hear, as much as it is to read. (I love YouTube, too!!!! Just like you!)  And images -- like the Ruth Fremson photo in the NYT today of Rauschenberg's "Interscape" backdrop for Cunningham -- made me tingle all over, and I could feel you tingle even though we weren't talking.



So here's the new deal: Let's try it again. I have to be accurate and credible. But not predictable or regular. I won't betray friends or colleagues or artists in the push to be the first with the news. (Yet my passion is news. I pine to break it.) But, in return, you have to deliver the readers and the interactivity. This relationship has got to be as much fun as Facebook, or I quit.



May 14, 2008 10:05 PM |


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