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Monday, March 23, 2009

Curious Carnivore Concert

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

let's talk about garth drabinsky.

Michael Wheeler said...

yeah. good one. the judge is quoted as saying the rise of an Livent was analogous to an athlete using performance enhancing drugs. it grew so explosively it was unnatural and impossible...reminds me of a certain housing market.

Anonymous said...

Video link: this man seems to believe that forgery and fraud are hunky-dory, as long as it gives him a warm, fuzzy feeling.

http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/607826

Agree or disagree?

Michael Wheeler said...

Oh my goodness, that is highly controversial. I'm already taking flak for slagging Knelman's less than assiduous journalism in covering the Canada Prizes so I'm going to lay off going further than saying that I disagree with what that man says in that video....

Except maybe this:

There's certainly no legal reason for rich cultured people crime to be held to a different standard than what the unwashed masses get up to. I also think there's an argument there that puts the cart before the horse in that a thriving healthy city creates great theatre and not vice-versa.

Anonymous said...

Nestruck, if you happen to read this, Re: Your Twitter about the "lie" of the mid-90's?

Hear, hear.

And shame on those who make excuses for convicted crooks.

MW, there's nothing "controversial" about this issue. Either you have a moral compass or you don't.

Michael Wheeler said...

Also, either you post anonymously or you don't, and you can write particular things or you can't.

Maybe I'm just reticent because this is the first time I remember agreeing with Margaret Wente about anything.

There are some interesting questions related to this discussion in the last paragraph of her piece in the Globe yesterday:

Garth Drabinsky is a crook

"But Mr. Winch isn't making that mistake. As the great impresario plunged to Earth, he took a lot of people with him - and not just shareholders. "Think of the artists and musicians who never got paid," says Mr. Winch, who reckons that his whistle-blowing cost him around $350,000. "Think of the small theatre companies that struggled to compete with these mega-musicals that weren't founded on solid business but on fraud."

Anonymous said...

I'll forgive those who hold their tongues for fear of making powerful enemies, but NOT those who actively excuse criminal activity on the grounds that it gave Toronto glamour and prestige.

Well said, Margaret Wente.

J. Kelly said...

Thank, Anonymous... I've elaborated on that Tweet here:

http://tinyurl.com/cg4ctl

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