Thursday, May 22, 2014

Almost QotD...

So, Portland being Portland, some dude who was half off his nut on recreational pharmaceuticals and a bit too much LA in his LARPing attacked a car with a sword. The writer at Gawker dropped a bon mot for the ages
But instead of a routine pirate attack—oh, Portland—they discovered an armored man who claimed he was a High Elf.

He was at least half right.
and then went on to ruin that masterpiece of dry wit with an elbow nudging "Get it? He was on drugs" explanatory sentence.

If you chew your reader's food for them, dude, next thing you know, they'll want you to rub their throat to help them swallow.
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16 comments:

Old NFO said...

Guess they don't 'think' the reader can puzzle it out on their own...

Will Brown said...

Given that the reporter was able to come up with the atyical snarkery, I suspect the "help" of an unseen editor in this.

I must say, it is refreshing to see that other amorphous groupings of citizens also experience the urge to proclaim, "Stop Helping Me".

James Sullivan said...

This is almost a companion piece to your previous "Clutch the pearls" entry. A possible sword epidemic in the making? Maybe the high elf is Patient Zero.

Critter said...

as my Dad the write once said, "never fall into the trap of over explaining".

Robert said...

The elf dude's got nothing on John Cleese. He attacked a car with a small tree once.

Noah said...

Hey, he 'self identified' as a High Elf. By their standards...

Kristophr said...

It's Gawker.

Below the lowest common denominator. I'm sure the author would have needed to have it 'splained to him.

Mike_C said...

"Bass [...] writes fantasy novels under the name Konrad McKane. Last time he dropped acid, he turned into a dragon."

Some people just see dragons on acid. But the real question is, are the fantasy novels any good?

Wolfman said...

This is why I don't go into town...

Sigivald said...

Gawker readers aren't exactly the cream of intellect.

Thus, Gawker readers.

Kristophr said...

From the original article's comments:

"One does not simply drive into Mordor in a BMW"

Kristophr said...

Unless you are Tam driving west and in a hurry ...

The Jack said...

Hey I'm glad for the clarification.

At first I thought the guy was a sober elf. Maybe out minding his own business, about to turn his life around.

Steve Skubinna said...

Right. He was a good elf, who just was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

markm said...

"One does not simply drive into Mordor in a BMW"

A Mercedes limo would work, with the proper disguise. You need two flags with the Eye of Sauron flying from front bumper, a proper uniform on the driver, and a Nazgul in the back seat.

Brian N. said...

It's Gawker. Gawker is terrible.