goddamnit. not sally simms. not sally timms. shirley simms. and if you can’t be bothered to check a simple fact like that, slate, why on earth should we bother reading your review of distortion? I also take issue with the assertion that stephin merritt is “apparently incapable of making a straightforward album.” maybe stephin comes up with these themes, concepts, gimmicks, etc. to ensure that critics have something to talk about when they have nothing to say. (sorry, but they don’t call us the official fanzine of the magnetic fields for nothing.) facts, people, facts! without them your writing means nothing.