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the_mcp
Aug. 22nd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'd say that Slate article is better qualified to be the worst op-ed ever written...

The professor's op-ed was mostly just retreading the same wry ground as Dave Barry's (admittedly more humorous) columns on the same subject. Anyone who actually took that column seriously, deserves to.
bovil
Aug. 22nd, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
The original op-ed piece is pirated over at Behind the Times (Subscription Wall).

Frankly, I still think Foamy The Squirrel did it best in Small, Medium, Large and Coffee House Propaganda, but those were jabs at Starschmucks Starbucks in particular; they have a target and they have bite.

Fish's op-ed? A general jab at premium coffee shops, and yeah, I think it's not just tired, it's dead. It just doesn't hold together.

Come on... a New Yorker for whom the idea of a fancy coffee shop is new and scary? This would be a crappy op-ed in Cow's Breath, Nebraska. The espresso bar phenomenon is well over 2 decades old in popular culture, and dates back probably to before Fish's birth in the Italian neighborhoods of New York. There are still plenty of diners where you can sit down at the counter and order a cup of coffee and a danish. Even in New York.

I've seen more effective ranting on mySpace.
rhanlav
Aug. 22nd, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Foamy rocks! Thats all I have to say about that.

--Salen
hossblacksilver
Aug. 24th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Yeah,he rocks, even if he's difficult to serve sometimes as Brody could tell.

Gneech, hope you don't mind me posting that piece.
rhanlav
Aug. 24th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
SQUIRRELLY WRATH! XD

Very nice.

--Salen

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