I've already received some borderline hate mail after today's story on the hanging of the Sully and the comments section of Boston.com is alive with people upset that A. I mentioned that one of the MFA facilities guys smokes Newports and that B. I ended the story with a quote from Joe Morgan.
"This article could not be more pretentious if it TRIED."
"Would the reporter have made a comment if a museum executive had a piece of food in his/her teeth? Of course not."
Well, first things first. If Malcolm Rogers came downstairs wiping the tunafish from the corners of his mouth, I bet that would have been in the story. Because it would have been interesting that a museum director ran downstairs so fast to make sure he caught the hanging. As for Bryan's Newports... My favorite stories, fiction or non-fiction, have detail in them. They also show contrast. And to me, the idea of Bryan's Newports and his 76ers hat being in the same gallery as these whispering curators...that's about the contrast and detail.
But hey, perhaps when I get into my 12-year-old car or try to change the washer on the bathtub faucet, I'm harboring a deep resentment of the working class.
Here are three pictures David Ryan took that didn't make it into the paper.