Monday, October 24, 2005
The Ottawa Citizen Disappoints As Usual
The Citizen's new Arts and Books section debuted on Sunday. There was one feature on an upcoming reading: Tracy Quan at Collected Works, but most of the stuff was just another boring blah blah of popular culture (tv shows like Sex and The City, deadhead music and Tori Spelling in Ottawa). And of course the sporadic Sunday book happenings was also not present, probably bumped for the drivel about Nicholas Evans latest yawn whisperer. I did notice a few ads for upcoming readings at Collected Works and Nicholas Hoare Books, but considering this week contains all kinds of readings from DC books authors at Sasquatch, to a mystery writer at Tree to the Carleton In/words reading at the Avant Garde Cafe, the Citizen is once again doing its readers a disservice by not providing this information. The editorial board of the Citizen has to ask itself whether it is a local paper catering to the needs of an educated population or just another Ottawa Sun. I gave up my subscription to the Shitizen long ago, but still buy its Saturday papers and occasionally I've bought the Sunday paper, but now that I know what kind of drivel they call art and books, I'll stick with Saturday. This paper is not worth the trip down the elevator to the recycling bin. Local bloggers do a much better job of covering the local literary scene, and providing reviews of current writing.