‘A renaissance for a city of Brahmins and beans’:
Oh my God. Here’s a taste of how the national media is going to portray Boston
next summer. Clichés piled on clichés. This sorry story starts off with how the city is “perceived” and then relentlessly builds on all those old perceptions/clichés: the “button-down reserve,” “self-flagellating Calvinism,” “Adamses, Emersons, and Holmes,” “cerebral neighbor of New York,” “probably has as many Unitarians as U2 acolytes," “America's royal family, the Kennedys,” etc. etc. ... The oh-so-tragic Red Sox are mentioned, but no curse of the Bambino! ... Did you know we’re bursting with pride for our “local son, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry”? ... Do you even recognize Boston in this article? ...
Someone should get hold of the media credentials list for the DNC and then send reporters and editors copies of: "Black Mass," "All Souls," “Common Ground,” “Mystic River,” etc. It'll give 'em a start on understanding Boston a bit more intelligently than the false-universe Sculling on the Charles Image some insist upon peddling. Come to think of it, someone should send book copies to the CSM newsroom in Boston, no less. ... I’ll have more on this subject as the DNC approaches.