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Feb 22, 2013 02:10 PM

Beshathan or Goldell?

Are Besha Rodell and Jonathan Gold dining partners? Or do their reviews converge/coincide/parallel by some other means? Or has the local pool of reviewable restaurants shrunk to a very small number without my noticing (entirely possible)? Or is Besha dogging Jonathan?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      yeah, if gold wrote in urdu and had his stuff translated by a drunk baboon using a typewriter with 13 and half keys missing.

      1. re: linus

        I think Gold's writing is overrated, and many times his prose is a poor match for restaurant reviews.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          The first three paragraphs (to my eyes,about one-quarter of the text) of his review for Hart and Hunter are an overwrought recitation of his biscuit making and eating expertise. Maybe he is trying to establish his credentials compared to the newbie reviewer in his old job who scooped him again.

          1. re: stuffed

            yes, certainly the only writer awarded a pulitzer prize for food writing is desperate to "establish his credentials."

            1. re: linus

              He is establishing his biscuit bonafides, not his credentials as a writer...

          2. re: ipsedixit

            considering what's out there restaurant review wise, in los angeles and other places, especially the world wide interwebs, i think gold's writing is, if anything, underrated.

            quality prose is a match for any kind of writing, be it restaurant reviewing or laundry list making.

            1. re: linus

              +1 on J Gold prose. His counterintelligence on Sqirl was a minor masterpiece.

              1. re: Eljeffy

                My original post is about the irony of Gold and the LAT following behind Rodell and the LAW in reviewing the same restaurants. It might seem to some of us that he's now the establishment trying to keep up with the upstart from the "alternative" weekly.

                I don't worship at the altar of the Pulitzer or other awards, but Gold is obviously talented at what he does as his Rodell.

                1. re: stuffed

                  i just don't get the notion gold has to keep up with anyone, other than his own and other good writers' standards.
                  this whole "who gets to a restaurant first" business is too, too tedious. who "discovers" a restaurant is pretty irrelevant to me. it ain't the fountain of youth or the source o' the nile.

                  rodell, talented? at what, 'cos it sure ain't writing.

                  1. re: linus

                    Compare the two reviews of Hart and Hunter. If you want to wade through paragraphs of Gold's biscuit history and self-reference, then his is useful. Talk about tedium.

                    1. re: stuffed

                      i'm sorry, i'm unable to compare, as reading rodell makes my toenails pop off in protest.

                      1. re: linus

                        Probably makes it hard for you to get a grip.

                        1. re: stuffed

                          getting a there's somehing that's overrated.

              2. re: linus

                Half the time Gold reads like he's writing just to write, sort of like someone who talks just because he likes listening to the sound of their own voice.

                It's rather annoying.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  see, i find the vast majority of other writers, not gold, read like loudmouths at a bar who like listening to themselves.

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