(red text ibid)Daniel Peterson wrote:On another board, "Dartagnan"/"Kevin Graham"/"X1X" reports that I've said here that I "will stick to reviewing Spencer's book in the FROB [sic]."
I never said that I would "stick to reviewing Spencer's book in the FROB [sic]" -- though I certainly might review it there too.
I much prefer it when people respond to what I write rather than to what they imagine me to have written. Unfortunately, that's surprisingly rare -- and particularly so on the board where "Dartagnan"/"Kevin Graham"/"X1X" makes his remark.
He can continue on his board. I guess they can't keep their board going without crashing this one. We haven't been able to be awful enough to keep Kevins sock puppets away for long. Maybe someday they will like what they have there and stay there, we sure hope so. ~ Mods
Yes, "Mods," and I guess our dear Professor P. can't keep posting on your board without lurking on this one! Funny how these things work, isn't it!?!
The real "intrigue," however, has to do with an upcoming documentary entitled "The Mormons," which is set to air on PBS at the end of March. It seems that this has created quite a buzz among Professor Peterson and his pals, including Terryl Givens. While the Good Professor has positive feelings for the doc's director, Helen Whitney, whom he claims to like "very, very much," he nonetheless has reservations about the film in general, and even seems to harbor a bit of paranoia about it, as if the "anti-Mormon element" at PBS is going to try and smear the Church:
(emphasis added)Daniel Peterson wrote:I've spent a lot of time with Helen Whitney on various occasions, including two lengthy interviews (maybe three), and have been in pretty constant contact with members of her staff over the past 2-3 years. I like her very, very much.
I think she'll be fair. There will, of course, be elements of the film that will make believing Latter-day Saints uncomfortable, but I'm quite confident, too, that there will be much about it that will irritate critics.
That said, Terryl Givens has told me that the folks at PBS "Frontline" were dissatisfied with the preliminary version of the film because, they felt, it was too uncritically positive about Mormons and Mormonism, and that Helen has had to make some revisions at their request. I don't know his source for that, or precisely what to make of it. I've seen only snippets of the film thus far; he's seen more than I have.
This is very interesting to me, and I may be premature in this, but I am willing to wager that the stage is being set for some very significant drama. Will Professor P. be betrayed by the filmmaker that he likes "very, very much"? Will the movie smear Mormonism? Will it make critics such as Tal Bachman look bad? Time will tell! I know for certain that I will not be missing this film for the world!