The February 2010 issue of Vanity Fair contains an article belittling the Creation Museum. I'm all for being scornful of the strict creationist approach to history, as I believe carbon-dating is a much better method of determining the age of the earth than is the "begat method." So if someone wants to ridicule the Creation Museum, I'll not get in the way; I've done it myself.
But for some reason, a funny thing happened on the way to the museum: the article's author, A.A. Gill, developed (and now expresses) an intense dislike of Cincinnati. I was prepared to do a thorough fisking of Gill's little screed, but Kate the Great has done it better than I would have.
I thought, though, that maybe we could all debunk Gill's swipe at Cincinnati--that the city has "meager pickings to boast about." (He goes on to suggest that if cities had highlight reels, ours would be dominated by the Creation Museum.) So, dear, readers, what do you think Cincinnati has to brag about?
Kate got us started with a list (of course, she's brewing for a fight when she picks Cincinnati's "best" restaurant). To her suggestions, I'd add:
- a top-rate symphony orchestra that just took Carnegie Hall by storm
- a thriving arts community, ranging from the Tony Award-winning Playhouse in
the Park to the Cincinnati Art Museum;
- the MidPoint Music Fest, which now features bands from across the country;
- the nation's oldest professional baseball team;
- two top-rate academic institutions in Xavier and the University of Cincinnati, both of which also provide the region with high-caliber collegiate athletics; and
- the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
That's just a quick list I compiled in about 30 seconds. Gill should come back: I'll show him around, if he's not too busy looking down his nose at me.
Feel free to suggest your own places for Gill to visit on his return trip in the comments, or in a letter to the editor, which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or via facsimile transmission to 212-286-4324.