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Saturday
Jan292005

Welcome to Finslippy. I'm Mrs. Brady.

Of course I'm all for being mentioned in the (vaguely damning) New York Times article, but um, Mr. Hochman? It's BRADLEY.

It could have been worse. I could have been Alison Brady.

Okay, carry on.

Reader Comments (47)

Make sure to go around for the next two weeks saying "Marcia Marcia MARcia!"

Or, um, you know, not.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterThe Zero Boss
LOL! I saw that! Sokay, Alice, we still love you... whoever you are. ;)
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMir
That's so BAD. But also, kind of funny.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
I guess "Scott" must really be Sam the Butcher.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLOD
Congratulations... Sort of.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
yeah...that article was quite derogatory.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterwix
I was all almost understanding how they could have gotten wrong by just forgetting to fact-check the spelling of your name, but then my sister said you conducted the interview via email, and your email address HAS YOUR LAST NAME IN IT. Now I will never trust the Times to get anything right again.

That article totally forgot to mention why parenting blogs are so popular: by and large, they're FUNNY.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterdebl
That's awful! Man, some line of fact-checking defense THEY have. I'm pretty disappointed by the lack of analysis or new info, but, hey, now you'll get lots of new traffic!
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterH.E.R.
Well, the interview was over the phone, but yeah, he did email me a bunch of times. By the way, several other names were misspelled. So now I don't feel as special. Sob.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered Commenteralice
I was all happy about my favorite bloggers getting quoted, but the quote from the Blessings of a Skinned Knee woman really bugged me. Blogging as a manifestation of over-attentive parenting? Oh, please. When I'm on the Internet, my kid could skin her both knees *and* her elbows and I'd be like, "Okay, sweetie. I'll be right there. I just have to write this one comment..."
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterelswhere
Yeah - the article was sort of holier than thou wasn't it? I mean, you really are damned if you do and damned if you don't anymore with parenting. If you're laid back, you're neglectful and if you pay attention you're overbearing. And apparently blogging about your life (if it happens to include kids) is overbearing? I don't get it. Can't it just be a good outlet for creative people who like to write meeting up with other like-minded people who enjoy their work? Noooooo .... it can't be that!
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterchristy kilgore-hadley
When he called you Alice Brady- all I could think of was the Brady Bunch- and you were the maid.As I said on Melissa's- I think you all write because you are good writers, and blogging is a way to give your words an audience. You writing on the subject of your children is natural, they are the focus of your life right now. Bill Cosby, Erma Bombeck, Rosanne Barr have all used their family life as a subject of their creative work. This is not some new phenomenon. I read you and others because I enjoy your insight and humor, regardless of the subject matter.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
When he called you Alice Brady- all I could think of was the Brady Bunch- and you were the maid.As I said on Melissa's- I think you all write because you are good writers, and blogging is a way to give your words an audience. You writing on the subject of your children is natural, they are the focus of your life right now. Bill Cosby, Erma Bombeck, Rosanne Barr have all used their family life as a subject of their creative work. This is not some new phenomenon. I read you and others because I enjoy your insight and humor, regardless of the subject matter.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
The Times's lifestyle pieces are starting to sound like a parody of themselves--they always include introductory anecdote, brief descriptions of 'characters' involved, quotes from psychologists/authors about topic and/or 'characters' and, finally, sweeping generalizations to make it all pat. In this case, they forgot to include readers' thoughts--or, most likely, they still don't quite understand the idea of blogging as an interactive medium, since newspapers, especially the Times, are anything but.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterSuzyn
Suzyn, I could not have expressed it better.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterVery Mom
I was like "who the hell is Mrs. Brady?" And then I thought of the brady bunch and the mom's hair and then I was like...WTF...where am I? who are these people that i normally see on my computer and why are they on a newspaper?

And then I cried.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterSarcastic Journalist
PS, and could they make me feel any more horrible about writing a book and having a mommy blog? Because I think the times wants me to slit my wrists.

PPS I love Finslippy!
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterSarcastic Journalist
Actually, he broke open the story of the decade. Alice Bradley is in fact Alice BRADY former maid to the Brady Bunch who secretly married Mike Brady in a private bigamist ceremony in Vegas. She, Carol and Mike have all been living in secret bliss until Mr. Hochman had to go and blow the lid off of the entire story! Damn the luck. ;-)

Alice, you are and have been one of my favorite bloggers since Melissa first introduced your blog to me. You crack me up and I love hearing your stories...whoever the hell you are.
January 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
The Times forgot two of the quinessential mothers "who writes about her children" - Erma Bombeck and the much lesser-known (but even funnier) Teresa Bloomingdale. Can you imagine the Blogs they would have had? Sigh.

Also, I should note that I had no clue of the category "mommy blog" until all this BoB stuff came about. Previously, I thought I was enjoying blogs by excellent writers who among other things, were mothers. Silly me. So much for not labeling people in this day and age.

Sincerely,Non-Mommy Blogger Who Still Enjoys Those Big, Bad Mommy Blogs.
January 30, 2005 | Unregistered Commentercagey
I was wondering why that sounded so familiar. Alice Brady, hmm, Alice Brady... I think I know her. Kind of an older gal, yeah.

I thought the piece was OK, but the writer did kind of gyp us on the goodness of the finslippy.
January 30, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia
Yes, I was just telling SJ that I had this many kids just to have more to blog about. And overattentive parenting? I once told my two year old that she may NOT climb on the roof. I wasn't at my computer, though, because if I were, she'd be up there till and I'd never have seen her again. Because all those sattlelite image websites that show houses so youo can stalk your friends? Are all several years out of date. I'd never have spotted her skeleton.

Hey you don't mind if I make this into a post, do you? Because I'm not through, and blogging is all about me and pfffft who's going to notice ME in YOUR comments??
January 30, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMindy
That's pretty bad. There was a big ol' usage error in that article too. ("But the question is, at who's expense?")

Well, maybe it's petty to nitpick. I mean, it's (its?) only supposed to be the paper of record for the entire country, right?
January 30, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJoolie


In my opinion, what he was writing was JUST his opinion, and not news, NOT facts.The point that he missed is that there are some really good writers out there. It doesn't matter if they are self absorbed, narcissistic, or even boorish, if they write well, they are worth reading. His article, with all of its mistakes, was, in my opinion, not worth reading.
January 31, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterGary M.
Yeah, boy, that was just painfully pat. I got the distinct impression that the author came up with all of his conclusions before he did any of the interviews.
January 31, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterV.
There's nothing like being part of a story to make you realize how the press gets so much wrong. I was once interviewed by the Times and they totally made up quotes about the DUMBEST stuff. It made me realize that if they could get something that small and simple wrong, imagine what's going on with the big stories.
January 31, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterCat

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