Welcome to Friday Feedback, our weekly navel-gazing exercise initiated by reader critiques! Today I will address some missives directed to me on the Rolling Stone website in response to my comment on a Miley Cyrus profile.
“Miley, you need some guidance from an expert. As a recovering lawyer and now advice columnist, I can help you make some better decisions and understand why you are acting out. You’ll like me because I’m a straight shooter, I’m tough and I use a ton of profanity. Give me a shout. www.askdescamp.com.”
Let’s start with “Axel.” I don’t think Axel likes me very much.
Axel Robin Descamp-Sand
I think you may have misunderstood what I meant by “recovering lawyer.” Allow me to elucidate: I am hoping to take a new career path which involves writing an advice blog and possibly developing it into a radio program or podcast. Perhaps you thought I meant I was “in recovery,” which is most certainly not the case. Still, it seems mean-spirited to allege that if I was “in recovery” that would make me somehow less competent or relevant.
I do in fact have TONS (why are you shouting at me?) of experience in complex legal, business and emotional matters, although alas I do not have a degree in psychology. I chose instead to pursue a degree in political science, ostensibly because it paired well with my law school plans but in reality because the political science major had no math requirement.
With all due respect to your assessment of my law school, I attended Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, which is most certainly not a bottom-tier school. It’s no Yale or what we like to call “The Other Northwestern,” but it ‘s a good school. How I managed to get admitted is a whole different story…
You are right that the school is not proud of me, but that’s because a school can’t be proud of anyone. It’s a building, dumbfuck.
And since I was merely trying to direct people to my free advice blog, your assertion that I was attempting to “solicit clients” shows that while I may have attended a somewhat second rate law school, you most likely experienced your highest level of education prior to taking and failing your GED exam. I’m pleased that you gained some computer skills as evidenced by your Rolling Stone online activity, but perhaps you should spend less time surfing the Internet and more time on your University of Phoenix application.
And I’m a winner, baby, Things are gonna change; I can feel it.