Worst Column: 'round-the-dial
Contributed by Anonymous on: Wednesday 21 January @ 13:28:48
Somewhere in the editing process for the January 14th issue, a Worst of the Twin Cities award was left out. I know that the editors of Pulse wouldn’t dare give a Worsty to one of their own so I’ll do it for them. The award for worst weekly column in a publication should have gone to Tom Hallett’s “’Round the Dial” for being consistently uninteresting and entirely out of touch.
Admittedly, I am not a “’Dial-head” and may be unaware of the Dial’s strong cult following, but something tells me there isn’t one. Anyone would consider an article made up of letters to Mr. Hallett debating the greater intricacies of pre-1974 Fleetwood Mac a complete waste of their time.(Pulse 1-7-04) Astonishingly, however, it was a better read than most of Hallett’s usual egocentric rants.
I wouldn’t be quite so irritated if I could just quickly turn the page and leave ‘Round the Dial for the teeming ‘Dial-heads out there in the Twin Cities. I can’t and here’s why: the article inexplicably takes up TWO PAGES. That’s right, the Pulse is 10% Hallett. If he left out all the stories about himself and stuck to the music, the article would occupy only one avoidable page.
That way I could quickly skip it and get on with my own kick-ass, legendary life.