"Has it ever been acknowledged anywhere that GLENN KENNY is an ABSOLUTE, 100% DEAD RINGER for the guy who played the unctuous attorney Maury Levy on THE WIRE? You are IDENTICAL TWINS."—Lex G, in a more-pointless-than-usual comment, semi-hijacking a thread about Abbey Lincoln, in retaliation (I suppose) for deleting a prior useless comment he posted on that thread, which he only put up again anyway, because this is what he does with his time apparently. Anyhow, you be the judge; at left, actor Michael Kostroff as the Levy character; at right, myself, at band practice (I'll get to that in another post), a week and a day ago. And if you endorse Mr. G's judgment on this issue, you'll likely appreciate what he has to say about Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, too.
It has been asked around these parts why I don't just ban Lex outright. There are a lot of reasons, which might be tiresome to go into here, but mainly, as I believe most of you understand, it's a matter of principle. I've been lucky—maybe you could say blessed—that this blog has attracted the thoughtful, interesting, engaged, and often feisty readers and commenters that it has. Lex really is the first, I hate to say it, troll. And as he'd be the first to point out to you, he is a troll of distinction, having earned (qualified, I feel compelled to point out) praise from a handful of real writers. But I have to admit he's beginning to try my patience. Not with the Maury Levy remark (interestingly enough, one of my very first bosses, the 1986 editor of Video Review magazine, was also named Maury Levy), but with the one I initially deleted, in which Lex evinces his enthusiasm for Taylor Swift and whoever. I think Taylor Swift's okay myself, but it's clear that Lex wasn't so much interested in sharing an enthusiasm than in showing some disrespect for the late Abbey Lincoln and the various lovers of her work who wanted to chime in on the thread. Which makes him not just a troll but pretty much a total DICK. A worse DICK than I myself was back in the day when I used to send indignant drunken e-mails to Jonah Goldberg, of all the assholes to waste one's time on. So maybe I indulge Lex because I feel kind of sorry for him? I dunno, and I can't really devote too much time to the question at the moment as I have stuff to do. Anyway. In the meantime. "IDENTICAL TWINS."