Lots of anger and derision surrounding Joel Stein's combative op-ed in the L.A. Times, in which he snubs readers' opinions. Edward Champion writes: "Adapt or Perish Mr. Stein. Op-ed columnists are a dime a dozen these days." Jeff Hess adds:
That’s OK with me, because I don’t read Stein’s columns; he doesn’t say anything of interest to me. So let him pound the keyboard in peace. Don’t email him. Don’t call him. Don’t stop him in the street. Let him be happy talking at you.
But you know what? It took a column like this to get Jeff Hess and many of the rest of us to read Joel Stein. He got our attention. I enjoyed the article, because while there's plenty of good conversation in blogs, there's also lots of empty and pious bleating about conversations. The conversation has grown at super speed into an article of faith, an orthodoxy. It's good to have someone give it a good kick--even if he's not going to benefit from or respond to our insightful, passionate and provocative responses.