Omnivore - Okay, okay: the AJC does permit use of pen names

More on the question of Foodie Buddha's anonymity


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Well, I can't be right about everything. (I know, surprising.)

A few days ago I wrote about recent drama in the foodie community. My post was sparked by reading AJC critic John Kessler's rumination about the epidemic of "lashing out" in the foodie community, specifically citing blogger Foodie Buddha's recent review of Cardamom Hill.

A few commenters to my post took Kessler to task for using Foodie Buddha's actual name. I didn't even mention the outing because, honestly, I think it's kind of crazy to presume you can write controversially and not eventually be exposed. It wouldn't even occur to me to think otherwise.

I did, however, make note in the comments section that I don't know of any publication that allows critics to write under a pseudonym. Well, as it turns out, I'm wrong. The AJC itself allows one of its food bloggers to use a pen name. Doh!

So, I stand corrected.

Interestingly, it turns out that the Buddha addressed the question of his own anonymity in an essay last August: part one, part two.

I disagree with a good bit of the essay. Some of his concerns seem quite exaggerated to me. Bottom line, the reasons for coveting anonymity are also good reasons not to undertake criticism at all.