First, thanks for reading the review. Iâ€™m sure all the Canberra Review/ City News will be pleased to know their â€œstaleâ€ publication is still reaching a large audience.
I appreciate that you donâ€™t know me, nor my relationship with my editor, because if you did, you would recognise that Iâ€™m one of the first to view Jorian Gardner and his work critically.
However, I pride myself on being a fair critic.
It seems to be fashionable to attack Jorian Gardner for his harsh critical style and yet a fair review of a worthy gig cops the same attack.
Setting the scene and giving the background on a gig, and, as a reviewer, giving an opinion (thatâ€™s what a reviewâ€™s all about after all) is quite different from promotional copy.
a) Iâ€™m not paid to write it
b) Itâ€™s my honest opinion, which is not to be confused with (and is quite seperate to) Gardnerâ€™s opinion.
Further, do you really think Jorian Gardner needs a â€˜puff pieceâ€™? Public consensus appears to be that his ego is large enough already.
Youâ€™ve conceded yourself that Bunch of Fives is a good event.
And letâ€™s be honest, in a town as small as Canberra, any arts event becomes a â€˜mates eventâ€™, that however, doesnâ€™t mean the individualâ€™s merit is not a consideration. Iâ€™m yet to see an exceedingly untalented performer.
Yeah, the artistic director of A Bunch of Fives is the same guy as the editor of the Canberra. That would be why the fact was identified in the review. And the last line of the review is supposed to be a bit of a joke.
Butâ€¦ on a final note.
Thankyou johnboy, youâ€™ve now inspired me to write a piece for the next bunch of fives.
The theme is Rage.
I do hope youâ€™ll come see it.
Comment by EMMA GIBSON â€” July 22, 2005 @ 3:37 pm