Love-Hate Mail 

Letters from readers.
Who knew ear candling had so much comic potential?

If there is a prize for good old plain writing that has the reader surprised to find herself sitting on her couch laughing out loud, please make sure you get Claire Suddath nominated for her brilliant essay, “Stick It in Your Ear” (Jan. 19). I’d include some worthy observation inspired by this excellence, but after laughing so hard my brain is in rest and recovery mode.


“Just wondering, were you watching another game?”

Randy Horick’s “Referential Treatment” (Jan. 19) reminded me of John Goodman’s character on SNL, Referee Pitman. If the shoe fits....


Quit whining

Most of my working life has been spent in the field of retailing, where the object is to have products that the customer wants. To call the WSMV management “spineless” because they canceled The Book of Daniel when it appeared that a large share of customers did not want it is simply good business on their part—and illustrates that the station has enough spine to bear the wrath of the likes of letter writer Curt W. Porter (Love/Hate Mail, Jan. 19).

Letter writer Sharon Fitzgerald says, “The station’s decision to determine what I can and cannot view is a blatant violation of free speech.” Really now. It was longtime journalist A. J. Liebling who said, “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” The owners have decided what is best for the station, although it may not be best for Curt and Sharon. Too bad. (Antioch)

We’re sorry, and we’re on it

Maggiano’s will not have much reason to be upset by Kay West’s less than flattering review in your Jan. 19 issue (“Gigantic Italy”) because few people will read it. The page is attractive on first glance, but the white print against the photograph gives readers such eyestrain that most people will give up after only a few sentences. If you’re tempted to provide Kay’s article with a dark background that necessitates white print again, please enlarge the font and make it easier to read. Kay West’s reviews are probably my favorite Scene feature, and I hate to miss one.

When I looked for your address in order to write this letter, I once again found white print against a black box, but there’s less text, so it’s easier to deal with and therefore more forgivable. Thanks for providing Nashville with a stimulating publication.


7813 Harpeth View Drive (Nashville)

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