Wednesday, July 30, 2008

No goal!

Is it too much to ask out of life that every time I turn on my computer and check my email I should not have to see big pictures of fat butts?

This is the truth. Yahoo! must keep track of me. They know I am a woman, that I subscribe to a few cooking magazines ... ergo, wouldn't I worry about getting fat? So every day, there they are, big pictures of cellulite and thunder thighs, with places I can click if this is my problem.

Can't they zero in on things that would really interest me? Aren't they savvy enough, for instance, to see that I buy books about music? Couldn't they give me a picture of Leonard Pennario, and I could click on that and, I don't know, buy Leonard Pennario records, or something? OK, I am just kidding. But you would think these big computer whizzes would be smart enough so they could serve you up ads that would not annoy you.

Speaking of Pennario ... it's not as if I think about him or anything ... there is this article about him that appeared yesterday in the Guardian that is extremely peculiar. The Guardian is this big British paper. I will try to post the link later on, but I don't have time now. Just Google Pennario and the Guardian, and it will come up.

It is as if whoever wrote the story resents Pennario and twists everything around to turn it against him. I was reading it and in Buffalo fashion I was thinking, "No goal!" Note to out-of-towners: This is what we say in Buffalo when justice has been ill served. It goes back to an unfortunate Sabres game.

But I am proud of Pennario in a way when I see a story like this. You know what they say, there is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.

I will be the one to tell the world the truth about him.


Anonymous said...

It is as you said...there might be facts there but they are framed in kind of a resentful tone. And the best parts of LP are skimmed over or omitted. I thought before reading the article that perhaps you were just being extra-sensitive to your wonderful friend's legacy, but the article did leave me with that "no goal" feeling.

Thanks to you, the best of LPs life in print is yet to come!

Anonymous said...

You must consider the source--the Guardian is the lapdog of Red Ken Livingstone, George Galloway, and their ilk. If it were ever caught complimenting a Yank (other than, perhaps, Angela Davis or Sheila Jackson Lee) it would lose all credibility.
I think they did the best they could for LP, under their self-imposed "journalistic" constraints.

Sarah Bear said...

I don't subscribe to any cooking material and still receive the big butt ads through Yahoo. They also have the tendency of sending me ads about my tummy too.

Seems there is one or two folks always trying to get on the bandwagon to success because of someone's track record. The Guardian is one of them.

Looking forward to your side of the story. Your right on the money when you state you don't have time. You have a book that needs your attention. Oh, so do I. . .

pythagoras said...

I believe Daniel Patrick Stearns, the writer of the item on Mr. Pennario in the Guardian, is someone whose writings usually appear in the Philadelphia Inquirer. We must consider the fact that Mr Stearns thinks Heifetz is musically cold, so I guess Pennario was guilty of same, by association? Oh well. He also didn't think that British folk would know where Buffalo is -- I think the Brits are far more knowledgeable about geography than that. Funny that he wrote an item on Pennario's passing for a British paper, but his own paper chose to re-print an obit from the LA Times instead.

Let's face it, Leonard Pennario's discography may not be fresh in the minds of classical enthusiasts under 40, so your forthcoming book - which I'm sure will include a nice listing of his records with LP & CD number (I'd love to own that - so would other eBay classical collectors!) is bound to be a revelation to some, and a welcome re-education for the rest of us.