good article, but your mixed tenses really make following a chronology difficult. Is he, or wasn't he?
Methinks you need a better copy editor.
This is a fine tribute to the man as teacher -- as aspect often given shorter shrift during his life. Perhaps the most consistent thread in his work was that of teacher, mentor, and tireless learner from those roles. In fact, one facet that set him apart as a great teacher was the earnest respect he bestowed on his pupils -- treating us as peers, as he suggested -- in spite of his enormous intellect. Thanks for this thoughtful tribute.
Would you kindly give O'Berski the full-name attribution he deserves, at least once?
To S. M. Freedman:
Well put! I think you outlined clearly and cogently how and why Joe Rowand and Somerhill deserve our support and praise in this time of well-documented economic difficulty. Of all the people I know (including myself) who know Joe personally, I have never known anyone to disparage him or to make claims as ludicrous and dispicable as those by Ms. Sorg.
To Ms Sorg:
Given that Joe is in the same building as you, did you ever try to meet him in person, to talk to anyone in his gallery? I have a strong feeling that Ms. Sorg would benefit in a crash course in Journalistic Ethics 101.
As a community who has certainly benefitted greatly from Somerhill's presence over the past two years, I would love to see what we/Durham can do to help one of its own.
As a journalist who has done freelance work for Joe, I try to see it both ways. While this article is reporting facts listed in court documents, its author seems to have her own subjective opinion. Joe is not slimey, nor does his lifestyle (with the details listed here) strike one as "opulent." He works harder than the vast majority of people I know in the arts, has a good reputation that he has earned, and many of the witnesses cited in this article have favorable things to say about him. So, why must the Indy feel the need to crucify him? Ms. Sorg should not call herself a journalist with this kind of work and the Indy should not claim to be anything other than a weekly rag that covers arts, entertainment, culture in the Triangle.
For all the work I've ever done for Somerhill, I was always paid in full and on time. I will bet my money on Joe and Somerhill getting things moving and developing a strong business again soon. If I am wrong, at least I tried to offer a kind word in the face of unfortunate facts.
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