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John Naderi - Holeshot - Editor's Letter

I Suck

Apr 13, 2007
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I don't use the word hate lightly. So when I tell you that I hate Ryan Seacrest you have to understand that I truly despise the man. The guy's a celebrity sycophant of the highest order and I cannot understand his appeal. You want to know what I do about it? Actually it's what I don't do, and that's tune in to any of his equally repulsive TV or radio shows-problem solved.

In this hyper-connected world, I've come to notice quite a bit of hatred directed at Super Street via forums, message boards, e- and jail mails, network communities and blogs of various sorts. These people crank their hate up to 11 by combing through each and every issue and noting their grievances in excruciating detail.

Thanks for reading the magazine and giving it a rather unhealthy amount of attention, but if you hate Super Street so much it only makes sense to ignore it. We don't need to be dealt with like an oppressive political regime or a blight on society (okay, we might be a blemish) and by picking up each issue you help increase our circulation and perpetuate our existence, and then your hostility will only fester and grow.

Carter likens this hatred to that of a scorned lover. Did we have sex with you? It could be, as we tend to get around (sorry we didn't call). Maybe we rejected your totally righteous project car opting instead for something "ricey" like JUN's Hyper Lemon Z33. Maybe one of our models wouldn't take a picture with you at a show. Maybe your mother didn't hug you enough as a kid-maybe your father hugged you too much. Whatever the case, you need to let it go. Trust me, you'll be a better person for it.

All of this hatred makes me think, maybe we do suck. We have the largest circulation in this scene, but then Ryan Seacrest is huge and he clearly sucks. Take this month's issue for instance. If it wasn't for Wes, Tetsu, Jonny and Carter we wouldn't have all of the fobby goodness from T.A.S. Ricky showed me how to finally make my RSX oil-tight and Alan, Bernice, Kate and Julie will make sure that the magazine will get to you on time in an attractive, easy-to-read package.

This is a good issue and I hope you'll like reading it (even if you want to hate on every last bit of it) and everyone on staff seemed to contribute something to it except yours truly. No, the problem is not Super Street but me. It's clear to see that I suck. But I will never, ever swallow.

John Naderi nads@superstreetonline.com

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