Thursday, January 10, 2008

Confused About the Confusion

Like many people, I am a little sensitive to criticism. But I couldn't help but chuckle when I came across a Letter to the Editor today in the Adventist Review (January 10, 2008) about one of my recent articles.

The author writes: "In reference to Shawn Brace's October 18 cover story 'Saving a Seinfeld Generation From Itself,' just what is selfish about George's not sharing the PIN number to his ATM account? They are not married, so why should they have all property in common? For that matter, nothing is said about Susan's offering to share the PIN to her ATM. They could break up. She could get mad and clean him out. This well-intentioned article is about the most confused I have ever read in the Adventist Review."

Is it really the most confused? That's a bit strong. But, I can't help but laugh over the author's hyperbole. Never mind the fact that the individual is exegeting a mere illustration that comes from a popular TV show. I don't know if Susan gave her PIN number to George or not, and I'm not sure that was the point of the episode (and I certainly know it wasn't the point of the article). Never mind the fact that I was sighting something from a make-believe world and, quite frankly, no one ever gave thought to worrying about the implications of what would happen if they broke up.

But the funniest thing of all is the fact that it was George and Jerry themselves who declared the actions to be selfish! It wasn't even me who was making that point. Jerry Seinfeld, a man who made a living off a show that was about selfishness, declared George's actions to be selfish (as the picture on the right indicates).

Like I said, it struck as funny that some one could give so much thought to such a little point. Incidentally, though I don't read the Review all that often, this is, I believe, the first letter that my articles have received a reaction from. Keep them coming, I guess!


Rondi said...

Unfortunately, whenever you write, you leave yourself open for misunderstanding and criticism as well as praise and appreciation. Everyone in my family read your article (some of them are Seinfeld fans) and totally got what you were saying =) Good job! And a cover story to boot!!!

Shawn Brace said...

Thanks for the comment, Ms. A. As I mentioned in the post, I am more entertained than anything else! Glad that you and your family understood the article, though.

Rondi said...

I might add that I love that you are writing and getting published. That's always a thrill for a former teacher =)

Shawn Brace said...

I figured that it would feel satisfying for a teacher to have one of her former students being published. Glad that I can give you a little satisfaction. In many ways, my interest in writing was greatly influenced and facilitated by your encouragement - especially with the Panther Prints.

You may be interested to know as well that I am having a book published. It should be out this summer.

Rondi said...

That's great, Shawn! I am proud of you =) Let me know when it comes out. I will be sure to buy it.

That's a terrible story about your oil bill! I hope that gets resolved soon. I'd be sick about it...