I love the Met. I follow Met threads on the Slipped Disc blog. I had just posted about my early memories about being bussed down to the Met in grade school to watch rehearsals. I was enraptured — so were my classmates. One of them even became a docent at the San Francisco Opera.
So you can imagine my abject horror when I received an email showing a new comment to a Met thread. It was not about the Met — it was about me! Not only that, it was a rant that included my name, my actual website, the fact that I also am a JFK assassination researcher, and the rest was libelous drivel. As someone who uses the alias “Amy” on SD and other blogs has been dogging my posts for months, I made the assumption that “Andrew Patner” was probably one of her aliases. I immediately emailed Norman Lebrecht, who runs the SD blog, and begged him to remove the post. He declined to do that, explaining that Andrew Patner is in fact a real person, in fact, an esteemed Chicago music critic, and that he had made that post. Norman suggested that I ‘slug it out’ so to speak, on the SD blog. Here is a link to the thread:
So I did defend myself. And I asked for an apology from him and “Amy” and the other sock-puppets who tried to dogpile on me in that thread. That was a couple of days ago. I am still waiting…