OK, We Admit It... We Are Biased
Dear Free Williamsburg,
I've been meaning to write and tell you how simple, annoying
and reactionary your politics are. Your "About Us" section
falsely announces that, "do not want direction, a mission,
or a political slant. We want to be open." You also say,
"We have no political agenda and no artistic biases." Does
it feel fresh and free to say that? You thought your witticism
of "George Bush rhymes with Pig Fucker" to be so funny and
clever that you've had it on your site for months, like
a teenager who's tattooed a ying yang or fraternity symbol.
Your view on the Iraq war was so whiny, condescending and
preplanned I was surprised and saddened. Liberals of your
ilk hate Bush so much that you support the opposite of whatever
he says. The majority of the Iraqi people are thrilled that
the US invaded and ousted the raping, torturing and murdering
Saddam regime, but all you can say is that the US is meddling
and greedy. All of you loved the well-read Clinton even
though he gutted the welfare state like a Republican could
only dream of. Ok, that's it. I'm still an avid reader.
--Regards, Oliver Turner
Editor's Note: When we first launched the site in 1998
it was our intent to provide a forum for good writing, regardless
of political affiliation. I always find it enriching to read
articles and essays written from a counter-perspective as
opposed to solely liberal articles which merely reinforce
my own opinions. We live in a very liberal community and frankly
rarely get submissions from conservatives, only hate mail.
In the past two years, I have been appalled by the trampling
of the Constitution by the five riders of the Apocalypse (George
W. Bush, John Ashcroft, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney)
and have become more open about my discontent. We have removed
the line in our dated About Us statement that suggested we
have no political bias. We are still open to running counter
opinions, should we receive them.
The Publik House
Dear Free Williamsburg,
In regard to Grant Moser's article about Phil Gjenesaj and
I just read the article by Grant Moser's about the Williamsburg
and Phil Gjenesaj and I am very surprised.
I have absolutely no idea what happened with the WPH or
with McKilligan, so
I have no comments on these events, nor on whether Phil
Gjenesaj is the bad
guy here. But I would like to bring a different perspective
on the man to
your readers, because my experience of Phil Gjenesaj has
been more than
I lived for about 3 years in one of the apartments Phil
Gjenesaj rented and
I always considered my self very lucky to have him as my
landlord. He has
always been kind, respectful, honest and reliable. He always
got out of his
way to help us when we needed something. Very personable,
friendly, a hard
worker: someone I always personally judged as having great
One year, when a sudden death in my family put me in financial
forced me to pay for unexpected flights and other expenses,
Phil told me to
not worry about the rent until I could pay him.
And he had no reason to be nice. He was not getting anything
in return, except my rent money (which by the way, he never
ONCE raised in 3
years, despite the hikes in W'burg rent prices)
This is why I am so surprised by his portrayal in the article.
definitely give him the benefit of the doubt. I have nothing
but good things
to say about the guy.
He Also Loved Titanic
Yo. I was just reading "The Hipster Handbook,"
and you guys where doing
pretty good there until then end. Then you went and, like,
ball on the freakin' one yard line by dissing Roger Ebert.
I realize you were probably just using The Popularity Transitive
Ebert is popular
Ebert reviews movies
Popular movies suck
ergo, Roger Ebert sucks
But if you check out imdb.com for just about any of the
movies you listed
as "Hipster Cinema," I think you'll find that
endorsed most of them.
Barton Fink (3.5/4)
Down By Law (3/4)
Manhattan (4/4 -- well, that's kind of a no-brainer ...)
Dazed and Confused (3/4)
Faster Pussycat Kill Kill (3/4)
Do The Right Thing (4/4)
Yeah, so he hated Blue Velvet. But he recognized the genius
"Mulholland Dr." so it's hard to fault him.
Plus, Ebert was one of the few critics who recommended
Buffalo 66 when it
first came out, and then -- after Gallo was lauded as an
guru and reviewers were falling all over each other to suck
his ass --
called his latest film ("Brown Bunny") a steamin'
hunk of crud.
Gallo responded by calling Ebert "a fat pig."
When rumors surfaced that he
(Gallo) had appologized for the slur, he denied them, saying
thing I'm sorry for is putting a curse of Roger Ebert's
reply: "I am not too worried. I had a colonoscopy once,
and they let me
watch it on TV. It was more entertaining than The Brown
Bunny." If you
ask me, the only thing hipper than fawning over indie directors
the balls to call bullshit on them when they try and pull
a fast one.
Talk About a Dose of Bilge....
Dear Free Williamsburg,
...WOW! an email that begins its own greeting;
you college drop-outs/underemployed artists must have grown
weary of the less than pleasant phrases that typically begin
written contact w/ your organization...its disarming.
I write to announce my intentions of subscription. Furthermore
i intend to illuminate the inconsistencies and fractured
logic of your political stances....whoa do hipsters have
political affiliations!?!...with all your self-depreciations
and disinterested attendances of live music and John Deer
mesh-hat fetishes and readings of esoteric undergrounded
B-list authors and borrowings of parents earning
and NPR interviews and cataloging of hipster
attributes and self-aggrandizing postings of wit/whims and
the penultimate hallmark of alternative sub-culture
publications: restaurant/movie/music reviews...with
all of your quaint practices of cerebral celerity, it is
ironic that the political arenas access your acumen. bush
rhymes w/ pig fucker....is this person worthy of your
attention?!?...hipsters vote?!?....hipsters participate?!?...in
the franchise of casting ballots?!?...where was that question...do
you vote?..in the hipster quiz!?!....ohmagosh i may have
already satisfied my own challenge..to illuminate the inconsistencies
of Freewilliamsburg......you make no provisions for participation
as a prerequisite for hipster-ness ...so by
what logic do you trumpet impeach bush?!?......absol-fuckin-lutely
disconnected is your patronizing one republican friend
attribute in hipster-ness....yet you fail to affirm the
foil its hip to have your 15 Democrat friends....NPR
introduced me to your existence several weeks ago on Morning
Ed. (and NPR is deck) and to the hipster persona....however
upon minimal exposure to your www, it is obvious that hipster
is some shibboleth for another cabal of radical left-winged/liberal
Democrat extreme-ism. The lengths you will take to advance
medacity......hipster... what a dose of bilge!
Agree, But Why Are You Writing Us?
Dear Free Williamsburg,
I was hoping you might be able to answer my question. Can
you tell me why the dog owners of Williamsburg refuse to clean
up after their dogs? I feel like I'm walking through a mine
field on the way to the subway each morning, constantly trying
to avoid stepping in dog shit. I don't necessarily need change,
just answers. Although, that may change the day I actually
fail to avoid a steaming pile of crap.
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