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October 8, 2007
Sactown gets dissed in NYT

Everybody seems to get excited when Sacramento gets a mention nationally, so I've got to point out a really random mention in Sunday's New York Times Magazine.

Author Robert Sullivan ("Rats," "Cross Country") was commissioned to do a loooong piece on director Todd Haynes' Dylan-inspired movie. When talking about the different film styles and film stock used for the different time periods in the movie, Sullivan wrote:

...(Christian) Bale's born-again Dylan would be filmed in the bad-TV video that befits a Sacramento, Calif., church basement.

Now, was that really necessary? Sullivan could've chosen any middling American city to mock, but Sactown apparently seemed like the perfect punchline. You know, I'm sure our church basements aren't any more dingy and our video capabilities any less professional than, say, those in Peoria.

Of course, Sullivan once "praised" Sacramento in a Jan. 2007 New York Times op-ed, in which he praised our light rail and urged New York to build one on 42nd Street. The tone was, if even Sacramento can do it, why not New York?

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