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Drama Queen is Live

Please visit my new blog, Drama Queen, at ArtsJournal.com. You (hopefully) won’t regret it.

Farewell to WordPress

If you’ve been wondering why things have been so quiet here lately, it’s because things have been completely crazy elsewhere. However, I am thrilled to announce that Drama Queen, my blog for ArtsJournal.com will go live on Monday, 5/12/08. You can visit me at www.artsjournal.com/dramaqueen. You may also have noticed “Philly” missing from its title. Though I will use my beloved hometown as a base for blogging, the issues covered at ArtsJournal will be more national in scope. However, as we’ve learned from Willy Loman, even small personal dramas can become epic, universal ones. So don’t worry Philly, attention must–and will–be paid. 

Brian Denehy Salesman

(Mind you, I searched everywhere for a shot of Tom McCarthy with Scott Greer and Greg Wood at the Arden, but alas, Brian Dennehy will have to suffice.)

Thanks for coming and please remember to visit ArtsJournal on Monday–the link won’t work until then–when I’ll pick up the NAEP discussion once again. And have a look around while you’re visiting. The place is becoming a hotspot for Philly alumni: former Inky arts editor Jeff Weinstein blogs about culture and former Inky dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer blogs about “time-based art forms.”  ArtsJournal also accepts ads on their blogs, so if you’re looking to reach people for whom the arts are as central as… Broad Street, then welcome home, my friends.

Bigger Drama

Philly Drama Queen is moving on to a larger castle soon, and you’re all invited. This blog is being picked up by ArtsJournal.com, a sort of clearinghouse for arts journalism with its own in-house and affiliated outside blogs. The site has lots of exciting plans for the future, and is picking up where traditional news outlets have failed the arts–and those who cover them. 

I wanted to blog for the Inquirer, I really did (and to be fair, they are allowing me to occasionally contribute to ArtsWatch, Peter Dobrin’s blog). But consider this: they asked me in February for a bio and photo so they could post it on the website. Like a fool, I ran around telling everyone they could soon subscribe to my RSS feed, they could just go to my page if they wanted to read my reviews, that if they wanted to access any of my other work, I’d be able to link it to that page. Now, winter has turned to spring and though the nest of mourning doves outside my office window has sprouted hatchlings who have gone on to become birds in their own right, I still don’t have a page on the Inky’s website. 

Some of you may recall the Suburban Love Songs piece I did last month and wondered what I was thinking. I was thinking that it would be a fully complimentary multimedia feature, where its virtual online spirit is inextricably linked to its corporeal print body. Alas, not only was the video placed on a separate page from the online feature, it was not at all what I’d imagined. The videoographer was none too happy about the assignment, complaining that shooting news was no problem but this, editing something, was a pain. Initially, I offered to film it myself–but since my experience is, shall we say limited, a pro was sent in who was told nothing about the project and cut off the end of the performance (though the stuff that made it to video was quite nice). On several feature pieces I’ve offered to include boxes with relevant links that could be printed or posted on the Inky site. Often, they don’t appear, or if they do, the links are broken.

It’s a sad state of affairs and one that will send my venerable and much-loved Pulitzer winning newspaper careening into the iceberg, rather than navigating safely around it (Since I spend a lot of time in Leadville, Co, hometown of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, please indulge me this metaphor). Anyway, I’m forced to be a Molly Brown in this enterprise, taking the oars in my own hands and demanding an explanation for what has transpired.

titanic sinking

I’ll keep fighting for the survival of Philly arts coverage via my Inquirer writing, but ArtsJournal allows me to take this blog and focus on national issues critical to drama queens like myself and to add on all the add-ons my black critic’s heart desires. I hope you’ll come visit me in my gorgeous new digs. Keep checking back in this space for the official move date.