Jonny Diamond is the Editor-in-Chief of The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine. He is from Canada and also writes made-up stories.
@in the heights
Are you suggesting that a city magazine NOT cover the arrival of its first major league sports franchise in 50 years?
EVERYTHING IS A PIECE OF SHIT. SHIT.
Because that would be a boring story and I like being able to hail livery cars in a pinch. EVEN THOUGH IT'S ILLEGAL.
Oh. In case I sound like a crazy person on the internet, I'm commenting because I'm Kristin's editor.
Fist of all, thanks for weighing in; it's nice to have primary sources in comment threads.
I think it would probably end up in a deep and endless internet vortex if we got into levels of melanin as they correlate to perceived otherness, but in the context of the Times essay and the accompanying illustration, it's still kind of amazing to all of us here that a Times editor read this submission and decided to have it illustrated. That you and the character you illustrated (who is quite obviously of a darker skin tone than the narrator) speak Spanish, isn't exactly a gotcha moment. Maybe the (obviously very nice guy with bad taste in tattoos) was Cuban or Honduran or... who knows how dark someone's skin can get while they still refer to their grandmothers in Spanish...
I'm sure we can agree to disagree, but there really is something off and retrograde about the "feel good" denouement of this diary, and I feel like Kristin's enthusiasm was entirely warranted.
As AJ Liebling once famously said to Pauline Kael, on the occasion of her first automat review for Saveur: "Don't let the bastards bring you down."
Fuck you, too, feter.
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