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July 29, 2008

What I look like, part 2

So, kids, the moment of reckoning is coming.

In the next week or two, I will cast off my cloak of anonymity and reveal my shining (oily) face for all yas.

Wanna know why? It's something I've struggled with for years ... 

Elizabeth Large, our esteemed Empress of Edibles, has kept her identity secret for decades.

But on the other hand, photos of Frank Bruni, restaurant critic for the New York Times, are easily Google-able.

So for the first three years I've laid low like L.I.Z. Soon, The Sun will launch a redesigned paper that's more personality driven. You're probably going to see photos of all the critics, from Mike "Movie King" Sragow to Mary "Drama Queen" McCauley.

I'll be in the new paper, too.

But first, you're going to see my mug in the LIVE section's special Virgin Mobile Festival preview. That will be out next Thursday.

And yes, I understand it's necessary to put my photo in the paper, but a part of me is going to miss sneaking into a bar, talking to the owner and leaving without him even knowing I'm reviewing the place. (That's what I did with Dominic DeSantis, who owns the Hudson Street Stackhouse.)

And I enjoyed knowing that Jason Zink had No Idea what I looked like.

But seasons change, and so will I.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:36 PM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Random stuff


But will Elizabeth reveal her identity as well?

say it ain't so Sam.... the game will be over. you should have a party for when you come out of the ...(paper)!

Let me know.

Yeah dude, have a midnight sun party already!

Also, I can't help but notice that 'b' has been taking the 'personalized' route since its inception. I guess there was some sort of positive Q score (or whatever the terminology them folks use) associated with the approach?

OK, your column will have a picture. But how will we know it's really you, since nobody knows what you look like? How can we be sure it isn't a journalistic face-double?

Sam, wasn't your pic on D@L some time ago? With a backpack? And some cool pants or something?

Sam Sessa who?

Bourbon Girl, that was just my backside -- not my face.

TS -- Exactly!

See now, here, I never thought you were anonymous. While I do in fact already know what you look like, I was also able to find a rather charming photo of you making kissy faces at a cat named Ellie floating around the internet. So much for anonymity, Mr Sessa. Cat's outta the bag. :)

sam, i think you should continue to keep it under wraps. having that level of anonymity is borderline super hero. you really want to turn in the cape already?

and i like being in the exclusive club that knows what you look like. ha.

first you tell us you have to give up our fantasies and then we hear about kissy faces with a cat named Ellie???
Another illusion bites the you'll tell me there is no Santa...

wear a fake moustache in the picture you take for it. maybe you could be the EVIL sam sessa

Sam - Did you happen to have dinner at a restaurant in Fed Hill last night (Wed) for RW?

an evil doppelganger! I bet you it was him who abducted Homer...

Same, your photo is "googable" too. Do you want the link? Think college press.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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