Emails from the edge

Posted by Iannucci | 7/06/2007 | 3 comments »
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As I’ve said before, My Name Is IRL doesn’t normally make a habit out of discussing the family members of our beloved participants in the Indy Racing League, but this one particular spouse is practically BEGGING for attention. Think “hat like a lamp shade”.

Apparently the odd bird known as Ashley Judd took exception to some recent remarks in the Des Moines Register regarding her trip to Iowa, and so she decided she would write an email to columnist John Carlson. Well, Carlson was so delighted with the correspondence he went ahead and published her, umm, comprehensive email so we could see the other side of the story. That would be the side with restaurant hopping, x-ray vision and one or two run-on sentences.

I trust this small dose of additional information is enough to give your paper (and perhaps its readers) pause to reconsider the vaguely nasty tone, and to remember that there are, indeed, always two, and perhaps even more, sides to any "story," and that sometimes, what we observe is through not only our subjective experience but the distorted perceptions we unconsciously carry and project onto others. (MORE)
Yup – she’s an actress.

Seriously though, you have to feel for Mr Judd. Not only does his wife NEVER actually speak the name of “my husband”, but he also has the regular announcers pronouncing first name like it rhymes with “stereo”. Poor Dario has been a solid driver in the league for several years, has won at Indy, leads convincingly in the points this year...and all we can talk about is his wacky wife. Oy.


  1. Jennifer Coomer // July 06, 2007 9:46 AM  

    I can't belive I'm about to say this, but I'm actually taking Ashley's side this time.

  2. Anonymous // July 06, 2007 9:57 AM  

    Ashley's Microsoft Readability Statistics

    Senences per Paragraph 12.0
    Words per Sentence 37.1
    Characters per Word 4.3

    Passive Sentences 16%
    Flesch Reading Ease 44.8
    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 16.2

    Interpreting Readbility Statistics
    (Cut & Paste from the Web)

    The average length of sentences should be no greater than 15 - 20 words (Yikes).

    "The Readability area can draw attention to possible problems in the general writing style," when...
    * the Passive Sentences percentage is higher than 15% (Close), or
    * the Flesch Reading Ease score is greater than 60% (Good Job), or
    * the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score is greater than 5 - 7 (for younger readers), 5 - 9 (general readers) or 7 - 12 (industry or technical readers)

    She received a 16.2! What readers are above industry / technical? Joking aside, I will side with her on this one.

  3. Anonymous // July 07, 2007 7:45 AM  

    She's right-- the Register thing was sounding 'small town' in subject matter and snarky in tone, with no cause.