Car Violence

Keith Knight is writing about Los Angeles (the city he’ll soon be leaving, perhaps for Seattle), but might be writing about any number of places in the USA.  Including, unfortunately, Seattle.  


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  1. cymast

     /  April 23, 2009

    That’s a Knight cartoon to which I can relate. (Or is it now “I can relate to”?)

  2. cymast

     /  April 23, 2009

    So the cyclists suddenly surrounded and started rocking the car.

    ” . . this mob of crazy cyclists attacked this driver out of the blue.”

    Smells a bit Oniony to me.

  3. acilius

     /  April 23, 2009

    I was in Seattle right after that incident. The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly, criticized the Times coverage for its “evenhanded” reporting- in fact, as this former student of mine wrote, there was nothing to be evenhanded about. The driver assaulted a group of bicyclists with a deadly weapon and got off scot-free.

  4. cymast

     /  April 23, 2009

    That’s exactly what I would expect from a former student of yours- to go off and be a writer for an alternative weekly in Seattle. In fact, I would understand the world even less if no former student of yours went off to become a writer for an alternative weekly in Seattle. So thank you for bring this to my attenion. You should leave a comment on her article. Correct her use of “anarchic.” She’d be thrilled and honored, I’m sure.

  5. acilius

     /  April 23, 2009

    I can’t take too much credit for her career. She took second semester Latin from me when I was a TA at the University of Texas-Austin lo those many years ago. She usually took out her checkbook and spent several minutes of every class period trying to balance it. According to her first semester Latin teacher, she did the same thing in his class.

  6. cymast

     /  April 23, 2009

    I’m amazed you would remember a student from years ago who took a single semester from you and amazed you and other teacher of hers would find the fact that she balanced her checkbook in class interesting enough to discuss.

  7. acilius

     /  April 23, 2009

    There were only twelve students in the class, it met five days a week, and as an introductory language class it involved continual interaction between teacher and students. So the checkbook-balancing schtick was quite out of place.

  8. cymast

     /  April 23, 2009

    Maybe she was being “alternative.” You could ask her in the COMMENTS if she finally got it balanced.

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