Enough with the crudeness

Your paper provides a wonderful service providing news, investigations, and event information. You take on controversial subjects and are not afraid of who you might offend. That's all as it should be.


What I and many readers cannot understand is why you consciously seek to offend readers every opportunity, with crude language, references, and even the cartoons. If something can be defiled, you seize the opportunity.

Every edition has countless examples, but the one that finally motivated me to write today was your calling a Matisse exhibit "the color enthusiast's wet dream." Really? I mean, really? Was there no better way to describe the joy of experiencing the vastness of artist's an palette than to liken it to nighttime ejaculation?

This reference is far from the your lowest level of pandering, but it's a perfect example of your consciously striving to introduce and maintain crudeness.

Propagating such a sophomoric, cynical, debasing view of everything you write about is demeaning to both your staff and your readers. Why not take your language up a notch? You won't lose readers. Give "The City That Reads" more than trash. You have an opportunity (and may I say, an obligation) to create a better world, and bring a sense of pride to yourselves and the city of Baltimore.

Craig Phillips


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Correction: There were multiple errors in a review of the exhibit "Paul Simon: Words + Music" (Music, issue 48) at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. It says the song "'Wednesdayat3am' was about a classmate, Andrew Goodman, a Freedom Rider who died doing civil rights work." The correct title of the song is 'Wednesday Morning, 3 a.m.,' and the song in question is 'He Was My Brother.' Also, in last week's Mr. Wrong column, the "National Dog Show" was misidentified as the "Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show." City Paper regrets the errors.