Kay, you struck a chord with me this week (“Getting Fresh,” Sept. 21). I vividly recalled my own experiences with force-feeding. My mother, for some sadistic reason, served everything I detested, once a week, all in one meal: Liver, spinach, and sautéed onions. She always placed strips of bacon over the liver, just in case we weren’t getting enough protein, I guess. I would cut up a square of bacon to top each piece of liver and try to swallow it whole.
The odor was nauseating, and I’d take a quick, deep swallow of milk to mask the flavor. I’d attempt the same technique with the entire clump of spinach, but usually ended up choking. There was nothing to be done with the onions. Years later, how vindicated I felt when I read an article describing the toxic effects of liver, the body’s natural filtering system. I triumphantly phoned my mother to inform her that she’d been feeding us the equivalent of dirty air filters for all those years.
We had a dining room table with scrollwork around the edge, and it proved invaluable for stuffing uneaten peas in the hollows of the carvings. Long after I moved out, my mother decided to give that old table a thorough cleaning. We had a good laugh when she described her puzzlement over the petrified, faintly green material coating the rim of the table. Thanks for the vegetable memories (and for some new food-disposal hints!)
Remembering poncho Ridley
In his review of the Joan Jett concert at the Tennessee State Fair (“Back in Black,” Sept. 21), Jonathan Marx remembered another Fair concert: The Pogues, who played to a miniscule audience in the pouring rain. Attending that concert is one of my favorite Nashville memories, mostly because the audience included Scene writer Jim Ridley and WRVU DJ (and Vanderbilt library colleague) Pete Wilson decked out in rain gear they’d fashioned from a couple of those really huge black plastic trash bags. You’re so Nashville if...?
“Lighten Up?” Is that headline some kind of editorial comment on my letter to the editor about violence being marketed to kids? Just what part of my position should I “lighten up” onTNN’s impending marketing of violence and crudity to minors as part of their acquisition of the WWF? You think that is acceptable material for kids?
Or do you have problems with my criticism of the Predators employing skaters with little skills but a willingness to break the rules and assault and intentionally injure othersan approach promoted by the team and directed to their audience as entertainment?
So the Scene thinks it is acceptable to market graphic violence to children and I should lighten up? Oh yeah, you are the same paper that editorialized support of adult gay men closely supervising boys in the Boy Scouts, right?
Is there anything you feel is inappropriate for children or are you committed to a “whatever gets you there” kind of mentality? In your liberal, non-judgmental mind, anything goes, huh? Who the hell are you people?
Me “Lighten Up?” Fat chance with media cretins like you around.
More campaign dogma
A number of letters in your last issue made statements about Bush and Gore which are dubious at best. Bush’s oil business almost went bankrupt twice until big investments by rich friends bailed it out. George W. cashed out for big profits just before it went down for the third time, leaving others holding the big losses. He did successfully become the biggest welfare recipient in Texas, talking the taxpayers of Arlington, Texas, into paying $135 million to build a new stadium that greatly increased the value of his sweetheart deal as part owner of the Rangers.
He privatized the University of Texas endowment, enriching generous friends who helped him win reelection when he had $13 million compared to his opponents’ $850,000. Bush ads criticize Gore for saying he took the initiative to create the Internet. On May 18, 1989, Gore introduced the National High Performance Computer Technology Act, which spent $1.7 billion on research and development of advanced fiber-optic technology, switches, and protocols to connect government academic and commercial nets. If this isn’t “taking the initiative in creating” what is and who did? The Arctic ice cap has melted and the vast majority of scientists believe global warming is happening. Tell the people of Texas who saw a record of over 50 days of 100-degree-plus weather that you’re sure it’s not happening, Bush supporters.
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