's pop critic, Jonah Weiner, published an article Wednesday
arguing that Creed
a band dismissed by "critical gatekeepers" as "derivative blowhards with a self-righteous Christian agenda"
is severely underrated. This contrarian take has outraged the gatekeepers of conventional wisdom. And even fairly unconventional members of the commentariat, like Ezra Klein and Matthew Yglesias, have roundly condemned Weiner's
taste. Klein suggested yesterday that
should be burned to the ground
," and Yglesias called the take "
Did Weiner's Creed defense also set off a new twitter meme? About 15 hours ago, tweets with the hashtag "slatepitches" started circulating. These tweak the magazine for its contrarian bent, suggesting story ideas like "Suicide: Why it might not actually kill you." Maybe it's contrarian for us to say so, but some of these are quite brilliant. A few of our favorites so far:
brianbeutler : The New York Yankees deserve to be loved, but not for the reasons you think.
gabrielroth : Wings: Better than the Beatles, or just different?
gabrielroth : What's the giraffe's most distinctive feature? Hint: It's not the neck.
JohnJMcG : Hitchens: What all the obituaries about the beloved figure who recently died fail to mention.
Have an idea for a
headline? Use the hashtag #slatepitches. Be careful what you wish for!
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