Friday, March 26, 2004

The Media Guy

In the March 25-31 edition of Now, you’ll find a listing for the upcoming Henry Rollins spoken word show. The description in their Tip Sheet reads:

The Dead Kennedy and former Gap khakis model rants his way into Convocation Hall.

I seem to remember Rollins being in Black Flag.

Further to Now, they are about to offer home delivery for only 97 cents per week. I am curious to know what sort of person would pay for something that is free and located conveniently throughout the city. Also, Now stinks, so the thought of paying for it boggles my mind.

Onto "2" – a new magazine for couples. The launch was last night at the Drake, which is now home to every cultural event in the city, it would appear. Anyway, I’d like to stress that this is not a critique, per se, but the new magazine has 11 columnists:

Sex – Ask the Smug Marrieds – Food – Wine – Cars – Headhunter – Parenting – Décor – Health – Plastic Surgery – Your Look

Some might consider this excessive.

Finally, I wrote about the Angele Yanor debacle for Terminal City:

Vancouver Sun Columnist Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception

Seventeen days ago, Angele Yanor resigned as a freelance writer for The Vancouver Sun after the discovery that she had plagiarized parts of a February 28 column about snowboarding. After a weeklong investigation by five Terminal City reporters and a team of researchers, further falsifications and plagiarism has been uncovered. The result is that at least seven more "Lucky Strike" columns written by Ms. Yanor since April 2001 reflect plagiarism and misstatements. The following is an abbreviated accounting of her journalistic trespasses:

Knocking on Heaven’s Back Door
January 17, 2004

PLAGIARISM In an article discussing the popularity of various methods of intercourse, Yanor claimed "Anal sex is the new black." This sentence was lifted from a Belle De Jour blog entry, the online diary of an anonymous London call girl.

FACTUAL ERRORS Yanor argues that blowjobs have become unfashionable. This claim is demonstrably false. Furthermore, Eleanor Roosevelt was not a Bukkake enthusiast, contrary to claims by Ms. Yanor.

Giving Big Thanks For Turkey Breast(s)
October 18, 2003

FABRICATIONS In a Thanksgiving Day column, Yanor claims to have attended a large sit down dinner at a well-heeled household, but became alarmed and disturbed when she discovered the turkey had surgically enhanced breasts. When reached for comment, the hostess stated that neither she, nor the turkey, have double Ds.

FACTUAL ERRORS As God as my witness, turkeys cannot fly.

Canadian Guys Stand on Guard For Me
July 5, 2003

DENIED REPORTS In her ode to our nation’s birthday, Yanor claims Canadian fellas find her "unbearably sexy." None of the 302 men contacted during the course of our research would confirm this designation.

FACTUAL ERRORS Canada day falls on July 1, not July 3 as reported by Ms. Yanor.

Getting Lucky With Green Beer
April 19, 2003

DENIED REPORTS In this ode to St. Patrick’s Day, Yanor claims to have bedded Lucky the Leprechaun, the plucky cereal mascot. When reached for comment, Lucky’s lawyer informed Terminal City that his client "has never, nor will ever, engage in sexual congress with Ms. Yanor." Furthermore, his semen is not, as reported, "magically delicious."

Sex Within the City
May 4, 2002

PLAGIARISM Yanor describes a wild night out on the town, replete with witty dialogue and shocking candor, courtesy of her three best friends: Charlotte York, Miranda Hobbs and Samantha Jones. Instead, these are the names of fictional characters from the television show Sex in the City.

FACTUAL ERRORS Yanor is friendless.

Twin Towers of Lust
September 15, 2001

FACTUAL ERRORS Mothra did not destroy the World Trade Centre; instead it was two planes piloted by terrorists.

Row, Row, Row Your Babe
August 4, 2001

PLAGIARISM In her column about the popularity of Dragonboat racing among single Vancouverites, Yanor describes an encounter with a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, writing that, "Between the life jackets, partially, as if through some leaves, I had my first, unambiguous, clear-headed glimpse of Richard Parker. It was his haunches I could see, and part of his back. Tawny and striped and simply enormous. He was facing the stern, lying flat on his stomach. I began to stroke my paddles harder, hoping that Richard Parker was also a tiger in the bedroom." The first four sentences were lifted directly from Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, while the final sentence is clearly Yanor’s distinct brand of piffle. However, since Martel stole the tiger-in-a-lifeboat idea from Moacyr Scliar’s book Max and the Cats, we’ll call this one a draw.

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