March 8, 2002
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Sit down and share an intimate meal with Mr. Andrea Yates.
posted by NortonDC (9 comments total)
That article was just odd. Maybe it was just that even before it's stated, you could kind of tell the author had a bit of a problem with the guy, I don't know, but there were a bunch of weird little comments thrown in, as if she were trying to say something meaner, but knew she couldn't get away with it.
posted by Su at 9:24 AM on March 8, 2002

I agree that it's odd... but I came away with a different impression: that she had wanted to indict the man before she met him, but having met him, she couldn't justify an indictment.

The strangeness of the article, for me, lay not in her intention but in its curtness; It's over just as I'm getting into it. A shame, really, I would have liked to have learned more.
posted by silusGROK at 9:34 AM on March 8, 2002

I concur on the oddness. Why bother with mentioning what he was wearing and the details of what he ordered for dinner? Was there a point? I had to check the URL twice - for a minute there I thought I was reading People magazine.
posted by xena at 9:37 AM on March 8, 2002

In the next issue of Teen Beat's Rusty Yates!!

--What's he wearing?
--What's his favorite meal?
--What's he driving?!

Get a hankering for this harangued hunk today!
posted by byort at 10:11 AM on March 8, 2002

If you folks read the piece, you might find a clue about the author's motivations (and subsequent beliefs).

Somewhere around this part: "I asked him to dinner, in part, because I was one of the people who thought that he nudged his wife over the edge. But now, I wondered whether I would have done any better."
posted by rcade at 10:19 AM on March 8, 2002

rcade: I _did_ read the article.

It's still a very odd, little article.
posted by silusGROK at 10:32 AM on March 8, 2002

Definitely seemed like 'Page 1 of 6' to me, too. Perhaps the story was filed to assuage an editor, but the best bits were saved for the tell-all book, coming this summer from Harper Collins!

I shared the author's initial inclination to lay some blame on the guy... but I guess I'm not as easily swayed. I'm sure when confronted face-to-face, it's impossible to not sympathise somewhat with a person grappling with that kind of tragedy. But there are two sides to every story.
posted by pzarquon at 10:42 AM on March 8, 2002

--What's he wearing?
--What's his favorite meal?
--What's he driving?!

i would assume that this was to bring him into a world of portray a dad...polo shirt, slacks, suburban, shocked at the price of an expensive allow us to understand that this was a man, a father and a husband...who could not have foreseen the act that she came to think of him after meeting him and noticing these details.
posted by m2bcubed at 11:28 AM on March 8, 2002

Rcade: Did read it, but the part you quote was really the only bit that made sense to me at first. Most of the previous gave me the impression I already mentioned. I agree with the comments that the article seems truncated, but it also seems like the whole thing was kind of procedural, as if she had been writing it as she went along during the night. That might account for the sort of stream-of-consciousness observations that were thrown in.

Unfortunately, to me it ends up tasting like one of those segments in news shows—whose purpose is really to show how sympathetic the journalist can be—where they do a pointless, unrevealing profile on some nobody with a vaguely touching story.
posted by Su at 11:47 AM on March 8, 2002

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