Pot Calling the Kettle White

January 9, 2007 at 8:34 pm 5 comments

I’ll take pasty as an insult. The sun and I don’t get along much these days and I’d rather not turn my skin to luggage before I’m 40. An Irish dude making fun of a Jewish girl’s paleness sounds like a joke I’d hear at the Shamrock.

I could stand to be a bit more po-faced about my on-and-off again writing career. Otherwise, my writing would be appearing on more glossy surfaces in the present and not-so-distant past. A Serious Writer would have no time for drag shows and record stores. A serious writer also would have voted for Bruce, Dylan, The Hold Steady, and TV on the Radio, none of which interests me. Am I missing out? Quite possibly, but I’m too busy to care.

I’d be honored if my boring writing took down the Voice’s P&J poll, something that’s been on this Earth as long as I have, but I haven’t written for the Voice since 2000 at the latest, and it’s rare that my fave artists and albums ever even make the Top 10 or 20. There are plenty of other more important boring writers who’ve been voting and writing a lot longer than I have. And New Times is doing an even better job than all of us of killing The Voice and alt-weekly publications across the country.

If you’re wondering, I didn’t vote in P&J this year.

But on the whole, I’d rather be a pasty, po-faced, on-and-off again critic than a bully and a shill. A pretty, petty shrill one at that.

Also, a good chunk of my Idolator choices were pretty Philebrity-friendly (and Philebrity player) titles: CSS, Peaches, Camera Obscura, Goldfrapp. Hot Chip (I’m probably in the army of one with the Susanna Hoffs-Matthew Sweet record).

The last time I checked, a poll is for voting for records you heard and liked, not being a cheerleader for Philadelphia, which I did for four years and then some. Clockcleaner is more of a live experience for me, and I still haven’t heard Spankrock, and about 1000 other things. And that’s what keeps things fun.

In case you were wondering: babies and dogs, still cute.

I look forward to ruining more music polls with you.


Entry filed under: Uncategorized, Writing, WTF.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mts  |  January 9, 2007 at 9:11 pm


    funny thing is clockcleaner’s votes didn’t come from anyone in philly, and yet, still managed to rank higher than other locals.

  • 2. James Specht  |  January 11, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    He’s a crap face, ignore him. I liked John’s comment though…

  • 3. spygirl  |  January 16, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Problem is, they tapped all the po-faced, pasty rock crits that helped launch the poll into the YouDontGiveAFuckOSphere in the first place. (Why, hello, Sara Sherr!)

    wow. i had to do some research on the phrase “po-faced”, ’cause silly me – i went right to po’boy and that made me lose my train of thought… mmm fried sandwich…(drool)

    i found this link to explain it all.

    first off, i think the contest of who is pastier – you or joey – is splitting hairs…

    only joey sweeney would use outdated british slang to slander you – and if you are in fact “po’faced” in his presence – remember that the original meaning is drawn from someone who has been confronted with something foul smelling, such as a chamber pot.

    however, to his credit – he did give you props for contributing to the P&J poll when you were 17 years old. you’re a pretty impressive woman, sara sherr.

    AND – congrats on all the great press and notice that you’ve been getting about your remaining days as a record-whore. given my choice i’d rather read a witty personal essay than petty gossip anyday. (besides – no one does it better than defamer.)

  • 4. spygirl  |  January 16, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    geez. i had to look up what a “po-face” is – rude and childish comments aside, apparently it’s an outdated british slang word that arose from the look that one would get on their face when confronted with something rank… like a chamberpot.

    whether or not joey smells like a chamberpot is simply not the point. the real news here is that you were contributing to a P&J poll at 17!!! that’s pretty impressive, sara sherr.

    one last item, i think he’s splitting hairs on the issue of who is pastier… seriously. he’s just jealous that you look so much younger than your true age. seriously, what is your anti-aging regimen?!?

  • 5. Raised By Bees!  |  January 16, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    My anti-aging regimen is potato products, red wine, and sleeping late.


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