Thursday, January 7, 2010

The writer responds.

Thanks for your note. The goal of the Habitats column is to focus on the lives of interesting New Yorkers and to tell their stories through the places where they live. When it comes to choosing subjects, I try to spread the net as widely as possible, geographically, economically, professionally, etc.

Sometimes the point of the story will be the amazing décor, sometimes it will be the ingenuity with which a family has stretched a modest budget, but mainly, I'm simply looking for good stories that give a sense of the variety of lives lived in the city. I found the young couple in Woodlawn interesting for a number of reaons, one of which was that she had such specific decorating ideas and he was so patient in accommodating her tastes.

Best,
Connie Rosenblum


**Also, thanks to a reader posting a link to THIS in comments. We are not alone wondering why this made it.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

The one thing this couple and their apartment did not represent is "interesting."

slag said...

Odd. Just odd.

Anonymous said...

hmm. I don't buy it. That apartment hardly screams "girly pink frilly tea party."

DoxaHome.com said...

The link you referred to by one of your readers is hysterical....wife sap;)

Best,
Jaime

Sarah said...

Was that cut and pasted from the original response? Did she really spell "reasons" reaons? Just a pet peeve when writers of all people don't bother with spell check. Her whole explanation was a pretty large stretch too! *snore*

nikinikinine said...

bwahahaha. I'm going to go put ruffles on my curtains now. Call the NYT.

Mia said...

That did nothing for me. I'm still wondering WHY???

Bloggers Abode said...

Miss Connie DID not really send that back as a logical response? Now I'm even more confused! Not only did that piece show ZERO creativity on anyone's behalf, all the photos were horrible! All dark and poorly composed. Smells like a "favor" to someone bigtime. Me thinks someone's kids are in her math class and not doing so well.

karly / design crisis said...

Thanks for the shout-out!! Glad to know I wasn't the only one scratching my head over that slideshow

Anonymous said...

"she had such specific decorating ideas and he was so patient in accommodating her tastes."

Translation:

"The lady likes certain colors, and the guy lets her like them." Fascinating.

Kristin said...

Of course the writer of a pointless article would write a pointless justification for it.

The link was too good. I'm on the quiet car of a train and laughed a little too loudly.

Brigitte said...

This is supposed to be interesting?? "..she had such specific decorating ideas and he was so patient in accommodating her tastes."

Like 85% of couples. sheesh

sarah said...

By her standards, my college dorm room would have fit the bill.

Anonymous said...

Pages to fill.

my favorite and my best said...

a whole lot of bullshit.

Sharon said...

Dear Connie,
Huh?

Dear Design Crisis,
Made me laugh so loud I think the neighbors heard me. I want a yurt in my back yard.

Regards,
Sharon

MoreSkinnyDays said...

Liar, liar, pants on fire. I am not buying it. I can only hope we don't have to see more of these "good stories" to show the purported diversity of the city. The yurt had way better decor too.

lucitebox said...

D--did you just write this back:

"???????????????????????."?

(Decorno Commenter Grammar Police, please don't hit me with a fine for the above quotation. I don't know where the punctuation goes on a sentence that's made exclusively of punctuation.)

Design-Crisis: I nearly died laughing at this part: "...while Thomas wears a windbreaker."

Anonymous said...

I know that working for the The Times crushes the spirit - bad managers, low pay, backstabbing coworkers, interfering editors, et alia - but can you imagine how much FUN one could have with this column? You could comb the globe, or just the Tri-State area, for resourceful, creative, innovative people.

The editor of this section and the reporter need a shot of Red Bull and the editor must allow the reporter to get out of the building and hit the streets.

The economy may be in shambles, but as another follower of this blog pointed out, readers of The New York Times are parched for more than the lowest common denominator.

Cote de Texas said...

ok, i was totally wrong. decorno was right - i am shocked at the nyt explanation! this is what they offer as interesting? next we'll be looking inside a cardboard box on broadway. actually, that would probably be more interesting.

Megan said...

Surely she's related to those people.

Anonymous said...

I think what Connie meant to say was "Sorry, NYT's readers, I was on vacation last week and the unpaid interns put this together, it wasn't my fault. Yes, it's shit and there is nothing interesting about it. Sorry for wasting your time." Maybe she should be fired, Connie not the interns.

Kate said...

Whatever happened to "All the News That's Fit to Print"? And "if a man bites a dog, that is news"?

I don't know what they found so interesting about this couple and forgot to include it in the article. Lifestyles can be interesting if there is something below the surface that you would not have guessed, you know, it's like they interviewed them and they didn't have anything interesting about them, they are actually that dull and typical. Not that there's anything wrong with it if they're happy, but I don't care to read about your clichéd life or look at your Christmas tree. Putting up a Christmas tree is not original. She wouldn't let him hang the blue Giants ornaments, only the red ones. How fucking festive of you, lady. It's not interesting. You have too many pillows and you like to change them out. So?

Anonymous said...

I wrote to Connie too and her response to me was EXACTLY, word-for-word, what she wrote you.

Anonymous said...

Jeeeezus, do you people have nothing better to do than to harass NYTimes writers? As I said in the previous thread (in answer to why these people were featured):

Because the NYTimes is not Elle Decor. A good newspaper's stories should reflect the world at large, not some idealized version of decor. It's supposed to be a window on a world, not a drool fest for bloggers.



PS
I don't care for these people or their decor either, but I think doing a story on them was just fine.