8 years ago: Pippin Weekly

July 6, 2005, on this blog: Pippin Weekly

It’s also possible that insulting the intelligence and aspiration of younger readers may not be the best approach to winning them over. And, in any case, this is not what a newspaper is supposed to be for.

It’s disappointing that this idea — the question “what is a newspaper for?” — is now seen as irrelevant or even transgressive or hostile by many of the people now in charge of the business of producing newspapers. Such people have no qualms about trying to maximize their readership by Maxim-izing their content.

Thus our Pippin-esque weekly paper for younger readers.

It’s OK at what it attempts, I guess. If you want to know a little bit but not too much about the latest movies and music, or the latest trends or fashions, or any of the other latest things that might help you get laid. And if you have no aspiration higher or other than acquiring lots of the latest CDs, DVDs and clothes and thereby getting laid, then this might be your idea of a good read.

But it’s not going to turn you into a reader of newspapers. And it’s not going to help you find your corner of the sky.

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  • Hexep

    So what is a newspaper for?

  • ohiolibrarian

    FWIW, I like Pippin and I don’t think Fred’s characterization of the play is accurate. The main theme of the play is actually humility. Pippin is the antithesis of Edward Cullen; instead of being super-sparkly, he’s … average.The play reflects the process of his discovering the blessings of being average.

    Pippin is the son of a king so obviously it’s his birthright to be ‘special’. But, he kind of sucks at war, politics/revolution, licentiousness (Granny enjoys it more), art and religion. Finally, he reluctantly ends up helping a young widow and her son in their everyday lives. He falls in love, but still believes it’s his destiny to be extraordinary, so he leaves. He has an opportunity to literally go out in a blaze of glory, but in the end decides that he’ll settle for an ordinary love and life.

    According to Wikipedia:

    “… a somewhat emasculated licensed version for amateur productions, which is very different from the original Broadway production, the show now has a reputation for being merely cute and harmlessly naughty; but if done the way director Bob Fosse envisioned it, the show is surreal and disturbing.”

    So Fred may never have actually seen the full play. Maybe he should go see the revival?

  • Sue White

    You don’t like Pippin?! *clutches smelling salts*

    Oh well, I guess you can’t help it if you didn’t see the Ben Vereen version on Broadway.

    I must admit, I don’t remember the play as well as the music. Probably because I only saw the live show twice, but listened to the soundtrack many times.