Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Well Appointed Condos?

I stumbled onto this guy's (Jordan Scopa) blog. Never heard of him. I am confident to say that he is a horrible writer. I wouldn't post anything on this, except that I have a bleg: can anyone figure out what the hell he is talking about here:
Such films are meant to keep hedonists and amoralists happy in their well-appointed condos in New York, Los Angeles, and the like.
(Emphasis mine.) What is a well-appointed condo? Seriously, I have no idea.
And that statement could clearly win one of Andrew's "Malkin" Awards.

On another note, how many hours do you think went into these sentences:
Last night, I watched Clint Eastwood's film, Million Dollar Baby. I do not desire to write a review for this film, as I feel it deserves far more than what a review can offer. Instead, I will write words inspired by the film and infused with its essence.
OK, the first sentence is good structure --- that is how you write. The next two are such wordy pieces of crap I don't even know what to say about them. . . . Keep trying.

And if you waste your time reading the "review," you'll find out he has nothing to say. Wow. The crap that is found on the internets these days.

"I do not desire to write a review for this film"? How about: I do not intend to review the film. Much simpler.


Blogger Jordan Scopa said...

Well, I appreciate all criticism, whether it be educated or not, so thank you.

In my defence, Charlotte Hays (http://www.beliefnet.com/author/author_155.html), a rather experienced writer, wrote that this particular entry was "worth reading" under the title "MDB: Here I go again" at this link: http://www.beliefnet.com/story/145/story_14545_1.html

Though she disagreed with my opinion, she appreciated its viewpoint and thoughtfulness.

For the record, "well-appointed" means well decorated and furnished.

As far as my taking a long time to think up a single sentence is concerned, I am known to actually write very quickly - I do proofread, but nothing save a spelling mistake here and there is usually changed.

I do take some offence at the comment that I have nothing to say in the article. The reason the article was cited at a few sites was exactly because I took a side on a topic of some debate - I contended that Million Dollar Baby is not pro-euthanasia. I did my best not to use the word euthanasia so as to avoid spoiling the movie for readers. If this is what caused the confusion, I offer my sincerest apologies.

No, I am not a horrible writer. In fact, I am a very good writer. I believe the teaching faculty at Harvard University is rather well-qualified to make that judgment. They thought I was one of the best writers in the class of 2004, and I am not ashamed to say that that makes me very proud. I wish you all the best in your endeavors, and I hope that you continue to offer your opinion on my horrible writing.

January 19, 2005 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Jordan Scopa said...

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