City Paper is not for tourists
Gene Weingarten’s piece about violinist Joshua Bell playing at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station has rightly been much-discussed, and the Post is giving it prominent play on its home page. But if the paper really wanted to capitalize on the current fit of Weingartenmania, it might consider freeing from its archives a 1999 Weingarten piece on B.C. creator Johnny Hart, who died over the weekend.
You can read the piece here , though signing up for a trial registration is required. The lengthy (nearly 5,000-word) piece covers Hart’s conversion to Christianity and the provocative strips he drew as a product of it.
A section of the piece reflecting its Weingartenian prose:
“What’s the problem — that, God forbid, Johnny Hart still believes in God? These are good,” [Doonesbury creator Garry] Trudeau said. “What’s important is that he still honors his first professional obligation, which is to entertain. If he wants to stimulate people into thinking about the nature of faith, more power to him. I don’t disagree with the law professor. [Hart] is writing about his values as much as I am writing about mine.”
That’s what Garry Trudeau thinks about Johnny Hart.
This is what Johnny Hart thinks about Garry Trudeau: “Too liberal.”