Rico, you don't "need" to read another reader's post any more than anyone needs to read yours here.
The guy, a foodie, went to the trouble to record his impressions and sent them to me. He points out some problems and some successes and he contextualizes his comments time-wise.
I've been to the restaurant once, plan to go again and will be writing about it in a couple of weeks.
It seems to me that there is a kind of broad perception here that people are generally stupid -- that they aren't able to discern between a reader's voice and a critic's, or that one post on a blog has the power to destroy a restaurant. (Reminder: Whatever you read by any critic anywhere is an account of personal experience over a limited period of time.)
We went through the same brouhaha when a reader wrote a (much more) negative account of his experience at Livingston.
Because people disagreed with the guy, they thought we shouldn't publish his post. And yet they felt perfectly comfortable to engage in ad hominem attacks on him, on me, on whomever.
Thus, the logic goes, it's not okay to publish an identified reader's somewhat negative account but it is okay to anonymously engage in personal invective.
The fundamental logic of etiquette is nonexistent on the Internet. But, honestly, if you're going to reserve for yourself the language of anonymous bitching, hating and insulting, it's specious to call for restricting a signed opinion by another reader.
Oh please. Take a look at Yelp or Urban Spoon. Or our own comments. Are you suggesting that we start editing comments when people comment negatively on, say Farm Burger, during its first week?
Publishing a reader's account of his first visit is not an endorsement.
Actually, Pollan's article is in the New York Review of Books, unrelated to the NY Times. I've written a post about it but haven't put it up yet.
I drank a tingly, numbing sloe gin fizz personally made by Peter Chang.
Just to reiterate for FM: The essay's title is a provocative rhetorical device, not an actual assertion of the author.
Great piece, Besha
So which is accurate, Inman Pk or Old Fourth?
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