The Star published a piece about The Rabble last Monday. I felt that it was a pretty unfair and uninformed write-up.
I sent a letter to Joe Fiorito, his editor and "letters to the editor," but as far as I know, it wasn't printed or posted anywhere. So, here it is:
Dear Mr. Fiorito,
I read your piece about my book, The Rabble of Downtown Toronto, today. I have two concerns about your article.
The first is that you wrote about myself and my work without contacting me. I'm a fairly easy guy to get in touch with and I would've been more than happy to talk with you about this project. I would think that someone writing for a newspaper would want to consider as many sides of the story as possible before forming an opinion about it.
My other issue is that you stated that I have not responded to requests to meet with members of the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre. I have not been contacted by anyone from that institution, or anyone else for that matter, to meet and talk about my work. I am completely open to discussing the book with people who request it.
It seems like gross negligence on your part to not only exclude my point of view in your piece, but also to make a false claim about my actions.