Parker County Today October 2017 - Page 6

A Letter From The Editor Critics — What A Way To Make A Living I love to hate critics. I really do.  One bestselling writer had an interesting take on critics. He said, “I have spent a good many years since — too many, I think — being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it.” — Stephen King, in his book, On Writing: Memoir of the Craft As Hurricane Harvey roared its way toward the Texas coast, the American people watched pensively. Almost every television news station played scenes of President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, boarding Air Force One on their way to South Texas to help out in whatever way they could. Meanwhile, Americans watched and waited. Some prayed, some planned, but others wrote.  One woman in particular took a unique approach to the impending disaster. Lynn Yaeger, a rather odd- looking writer who’s touted as a fash- ion critic, knew just what she could do to help everyone deal with the coming disaster — she watched as the First Lady appeared on television, and then, her fingers began to glide across her keyboard. Of all the people who impact the $2.4 trillion fashion industry fashion, critics hold an oddly, unique, curi- ous power over the fashion business. Yaeger is among the strangest and most powerful, a contributing fashion editor at Vogue.  With “write-ous” indignation, Yaeger roars off the page, appalled at the impracticality of the First Lady’s stilettos. She is outraged that Mrs. Trump, “is heading to visit them in footwear that is a challenge to walk in on dry land.” OK. This is coming from Vogue — the magazine that is a monument to all that is practical. I believe that the publication’s motto is, “Safety first,” — right? Is this political? It’s supposed to be about fashion. Vogue is about fashion — or at least I thought it was. Who cares what the First Lady wears to board an aircraft on her way to help out in Houston?  Mrs. Trump never seems to have trouble walking in high heels. She’s a former fashion model. I think she probably knows how to walk in heels.  On the other hand, after read- ing Ms. Yaeger’s fashion comments for years, I can’t recall a single time when she criticized anything Michelle Obama wore — ever.  Do any of you recall what former first lady Michelle Obama wore to accompany her hubby to comfort victims of Hurricane Sandy? No. Don’t feel bad. No one remembers. Why? Becau