Sunlit Water

April 13, 2007

An Open Letter

Filed under: Culture — by teofilo @ 4:04 pm

To the editors of the Teo U. student newspaper:

Look, I know your most famous alumnus just died, and I realize he was a very prominent novelist and a strong supporter of your publication.  I totally understand the impulse to commemorate his passing and talk about his prominence and his connections to the school and the paper.  Still, was it really necessary to devote quite so much space to him for two days in a row?  Like, front page coverage plus several articles inside?  It’s not like there was anything new to report today after your front-page article yesterday about his death, and the poorly written remembrance on today’s front page (bylined “staff”) contained little that was new or interesting.  I suppose that doesn’t particularly distinguish it from the usual stories on the front page, but at least they usually feature a variety of topics.

Obviously, I’m not a huge fan of your paper, but for some reason I seem to read it just about every day, if only for the comics page featuring three-week-old Doonesbury strips and a narrow variety of years-old and endlessly repeated strips that aren’t being written any more and weren’t even funny when they were new.  And yet despite the many defects of the publication, I still continue to read it.  Must be because it’s free.

All the best,




  1. You can read Cat’s Cradle in a very short space of time. It’s undoubtedly more interesting than any week of the campus newspaper.

    Comment by charleycarp — April 13, 2007 @ 9:02 pm |Reply

  2. I’m quite sure both of those sentences are true, but I still don’t see myself reading it.

    Comment by teofilo — April 14, 2007 @ 2:54 pm |Reply

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