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Friday, October 15, 2004

A Pretty Good Win for the Blogosphere

Here's the score:

Last week I nailed critics from The Washington Post and The New York Times up on a wall of shame for relying on the empty adjective "pretty" in their reviews of the Dan Flavin retrospective at the National Gallery.

This week I get to induct two bloggers into the Flavin Exhibition Review Hall of Fame for avoiding "pretty" in their pieces and instead relying on adjectives of substance to describe the show. Here's the honor roll:
Receiving honorable mentions are Greg Allen at Greg.org and Kriston at Grammar Police for using "pretty" only as an adverb, not an adjective describing Flavin's work, in their pieces on the show.

With this post, I'm going to put this "pretty" business behind me before it gets out of hand. But I'm afraid it might be too late. Over here we've got Miguel Sanchez at Modern Kicks trying to salvage the word's reputation with a Stevie Smith poem (which, I have to admit, did make me reconsider my opinion of the word for a minute or two). And coming in via email this week was a note from a critic whose work I admire telling me that this is a pretty blog.

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