The Gray Lady discovers the Gretsch

The Times took its sweet time printing its Williamsburg artists article. It's a well written piece -- a wonder what one can do with 1,300 words to work with. (See the 314-word version of the same story.) I doubt the reporter knows Yiddish, and for that reason I think she fails to convey the urgent, dramatic, even racist and demagogic tone of much of the quasi-official Chasidic protest, and the interestingly riven intra-Chasidic dynamics. Many Times articles suffer from such over-mild portrayals of complicated brawls in the public square.

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