So, now it's missing.
I thought my now missing comment was pretty good, more ironic than the sarcasm I admitted to. My main point was I disagree (quite sharply, truth be told) with Byron Woods' opinion of the value of the chrononauts [who I was given to believe are akin to stagehands in a more conventional (and mundane) production].
Huh? "... the women APPEAR to be forging through ... a simulation of the terrains they discover ..." Wow! How did you ever figure that out? How perceptive of you. Are you perceptive enough to recognize sarcasm?
Mr. Saltzman was my favorite professor at Carolina. He told me I was an artist, and even pointed me out to colleagues of his and said the same thing. That meant more to my incredibly awkward and self conscious 19-year-old self than I can describe here. A hard ass, yes, but still a dear, dear man.
Dear Mr. Woods,
Did we see the same play? I thought the chrononauts did a great job of moving the action along and making the bridging from chapter to chapter more humorous and accessible to the audience. I also thought each woman's solo readings were not designed to achieve momentum, but to allow the audience to reflect along with each character. And to describe Seth Blum as merely "able" is a serious understatement .
My friends and I all were mesmerized by the action and would happily see it again!
A Fan of Thought-provoking Theater,
TBAM, the club in question is set to do a lot of good in raleigh. I cant even comprehend why a writer for a small, local paper would want to tear them down, especially in such a catty, public way.
Something about this article has a special stink, (and I'm not talking about the aromatic handcrafted beard oils).
The author does everyone a disservice, and this article insults the efforts of;
Everyone who came out, everyone who spent countless hours to pull it off, everyone who spent months planning this event, everyone who competed, everyone who donated money, time and supplies to make the event a success.
There were a lot of selfless, hardworking individuals that helped put on the competition, for no other reasons than to help charity and have fun doing it.
I'm not going to attack the author's person, or what his article says about his own personality. If you read between the lines, it says enough, (or should I say, a lot). I'm also not going to make pointless quips about his sexual preferences, or why he doesnt partake in the humble joys of craft beer and bacon, for no other reason than it is no business of mine.
This is, indeed, a poor excuse for a newspaper article. It seems much more like a personal blog, and would be more at home in the pages of a diary than a magazine. It is clear, that he drew, in his estimation, the proverbial "short straw" in the Indy's staffroom and had come out with no intention of having a good time. If this were the case, it is completely understandable that the point of the whole thing went so far over his head that he didnt even bother to look up.
It's not about gender.
It's not about prizes.
It's not about making yourself look like an alien.
It's not about women looking for lumberjacks.
It's not about "beard culture".
It's not even about beards.
It's about fun for a good cause. Charity. Giving to a good organization and not even asking for a thank you. So many people bought raffle tickets as an excuse to donate more to the cause.
It was awfully convenient to leave the whole charity aspect out of the article altogether, whatever the "reason". No one would take that seriously, it would be way too honest; "Local bearded man sulks at beard and moustache competition, thousands of dollars raised for local charity"
He ought to have let one of the crafty bearded ladies purchase him a libation of his choice.
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Oh brother.... I wasn't going to say anything, but I'm bored.
Grayson, you this article makes you come across of someone who wants clicks (and a little troll like). You have achieved plenty of clicks from people around the country with this snarky and slightly amusing little article.
Now, the real reason I'm here is because of Jim Vititow. You are a sorry excuse for a "business owner", you are simply an opportunist. Your views are racist and misogynistic and you prove this on almost a daily basis when you post on your BEARD COMMANDER page. Anyone who buys your stuff should shave and you sir, are a damn poser.
In this world it does not matter how much good a person or a group of well intended people try to do, there will always be someone who has some negativity to shed on the subject. Let him have his opinion and spread it to the masses. He cannot change the drive that we all have to help our local communities or tarnish the positive vibes that are rampant at these charity events. The very fact that he is talking about the community means we are doing something right. We can choose to join the negativity or choose to stay positive and continue doing what we love to do.
Very pretentious with some very grandiose and narcissistic quality's himself.
Thank you for that clarification Mr. Currin. To me it read as if it were a quote from the Raleigh Rescue Mission.
Hi, Mr. Cool. I, as an observer, felt that way about the event's incorporation of the charity. Thanks.
Just curious as to who Mr. Currin spoke with that said "the Raleigh Rescue Mission felt shoehorned into the event and not a core component of it." Maybe I was misreading it or was Mr. Currin assuming that they felt this way? If Mr. Currin did speak with them then I apologize for assuming that he did not. If they did feel this way then I want to try to make things right with them.
Triangle Beard and Mustache Club
This article is a perfect example of what's wrong with the current state of internet "journalism", where anyone can write anything on any topic, without any accountability, without any compelling qualifications, and apparently without having done even the minimal research that any self-respecting journalist would do. No interviews, not a single quote from anyone other than the author's own narcissistic inner-monologue, and nothing to suggest that he put any effort into understanding the "beard culture" he so readily ridicules. Perhaps the only crowd more insulted by this lazy, masturbatory article than the event's organizers and attendees are the real victims, your readers, who wasted their time on the self-indulgent musings of a pretentious wallflower who didn't take his assignment seriously.
Hello, bearded people and bearded-people allies. I wrote the article in question, and I'd like to clear at least one thing up, as I think it's a valid concern. I'm not going to address the suggestion that I commit suicide, my apparent insecurity and failings both as a man and a writer and the edict that I go "write a homosexual article fag boy.. BE A MAN!!," because I'm not sure those are battles I can or care to win.
However, Micah and a few others have asked why I didn't mention the charity aspect of Saturday night's competition. I thought quite a bit about this both before the competition and before writing the piece, and I was prepared to grant some clemency to the competition for its charity component. However, both at the event and in advance of it, the Raleigh Rescue Mission felt shoehorned into the event and not a core component of it. For instance, there was no mention of the charity—you know, the good work such clubs do in the community—on the venue's listing for the event, best I could find; there were, however, extensive contest rules. And on the club's website, the charity is only mentioned once, and very briefly. And at the contest itself, the charity's director was referred to only "Mister Raleigh Rescue Mission." To me, that seemed dismissive, as if the charity's inclusion were only being used to validate the event for people who didn't *get* beard culture. I decided not to mention this in my piece, because I didn't want to appear only to be piling on more than I already was. I do commend the Triangle Beard and Mustache Club for raising funds for the Raleigh Rescue Mission, but I do hope that, next time, they will work to give the charity a stronger platform. And my issue is less about competitions, specifically, than beard culture, generally.
As for my charity credentials, however, I've helped raise a lot of money for charities during the last five years, but there's no need to go down that road. Have a nice day, and enjoy your beards.
This just in, owner of beard commander (Jim vititow, a few comments down) talks shit about the people he sells his crappy beard commander products to. Seriously? You're a joke and your company sucks.
What a dick. Complete and total dick.
Interesting article. Interesting perspective. Typical responses from such a fun loving, secure, & manly crowd.
Mr Currin, My apologies if our appetite for fun and community support offend your delicate sensitivities. While I can see from your writing you prefer to observe and denigrate those who actually go out and attempt to impact their community while enjoying life and not taking themselves all too seriously, there are those of us who do not hide ourselves and do what we can. The Triangle Beard and Mustache Club is a community of people who seek to render assistance in their community to organization which benefit the less fortunate. This is a goal to aspire to, not something to hide and be ashamed of. The gentleman you used for the cover of your piece is a dear friend and leader in the bearded community.
Yes, we are a bit loud and rambunctious at times and yes, sometimes we look like people from another planet. When it comes right down to though, we are people working inside our own communities to make them a better place. Maybe it's about time you did the same. You obviously have a talent for embellishment, maybe its time to use it for something a little more positive.
You suck. Your article sucks. Your face sucks. Please kindly refrain from more competitions and also please stop writing.
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