If you pick up November’s Allure magazine, you’ll find my letter to the editor second from the top (and after another Emily!, but with one “m”). The letter is in praise of Judith Newman’s cover piece on Britney Spears this summer. I would link to it, but Allure didn’t post the cover story on their website. (And they don’t post letters either.) As I’ve said before, I’m not Spears fan. But I can admire a good piece of journalism. I felt Newman’s cover story had a very “alternative weekly” vibe, which I naturally have a bias for. And she managed to deconstruct the Spears-trainwreck-media-circus while preserving Spears’ humanity. Very tricky and very nicely done.
I can’t remember sending a letter to a magazine before this so it tickles me that they printed it. They only cut one line out, in which I compare the industry surrounding Spears-gate as gossip-porn. (And it still bothers me that these gossip-porn peddlers get to call themselves journalists.) And the magazine spelled my name right. It’s kinda cheesy to admit, but I feel kinda awesome about it.