"Balls!," Patricia Calhoun, April 24
Doesn't Westword put a cow on the cover of every Best of Denver issue? It would seem that Westword is as culpable for Denver's "cowtown" image as any Colorado tourism campaign.
I cringed when I read "Balls!" I cannot believe that Colorado actually spent money to create a campaign that is so misguided and incompetent, and then actually promoted it outside of the state.
Rocky Mountain Oysters
When I moved to Denver five years ago, I was surprised to discover that this city has such an impressive dining scene. A few of my favorite spots: Fruition, Barolo Grill, Il Posto and Frasca (of course). Sometimes I agree with Jason Sheehan's critiques and sometimes I do not, but I always appreciate the fact that Westword takes the restaurant industry seriously enough to have a serious critic.
I agree that it is time for Denver to get over its inferiority complex. There are many excellent restaurants in this town that feature food as good as any you'll find on either coast. To emphasize "rattler cakes" (I have never seen those on a menu) and Rocky Mountain oysters does the state's entire restaurant industry a disservice.
Patricia Calhoun responds: What does Colorado taste like to you? Post your answer on our new restaurant blog, Cafe Society, and you could win a dinner with Jason Sheehan at the restaurant of your choice — as long as it's in metro Denver. Sorry, Le Bernardin does not qualify.
Letters to the Editor, April 24
I see that some dude named Bruce Kaufman is concerned with Westword's usage of the word "snark."
I love the word "snark."
I love it as a noun: "She's sorta funny sometimes, but she's really kind of a snark."
I love it as an adjective: "Yeah. Then that bitchy queen made some snarky comment about my new jeans, so I tripped him. He's just jealous, anyway. Jealous and balding."
I love it as a verb: "She and I got together after work for a couple drinks and to snark about Adele's hair. For real...what is she thinking?"
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And I tolerate it as an adverb: "Did you see the way they looked at me? They looked at me all snarkily! They don't know me like that. Oh, it's on now..."
I vow to you here and now that I will defend the world's usage of the word "snark." This is my quest, and I shan't rest until the Bruce Kaufmans of the world have been silenced.
Defining snark? Challenge answered: Snark is derived from two terms (like the uni-names from Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario in the current issue), those being "snipe" — to strike at from cover — and "shark" — a voracious, flesh-ripping fish. Put them together to get something that repeatedly bites and runs away!
P.S.: I made this up, but so did Lewis Carroll.