As usual, I found myself reading and rereading Kay West’s food column this week in a wearying attempt to glean some kind of clue as to the price range of the restaurant she was reviewing (“Change for the Better,” Dec 27). Well, it’s called the Belle Meade Brasserie, so it probably is expensive. But wait, she says that people from the neighborhood casually drop in all the time.... Hmm, she just mentioned a $9 dollar salad.... It is absolutely ridiculousand really kind of insultingto force readers to go through this kind of detective work every single week. Is there any rational reason at all not to include a simple price guide with the restaurant reviews? Can’t they just be rated inexpensive/moderate/expensive, or maybe they could receive a certain number of forks or plates or dollar signs? I have never seen a restaurant reviewer in any other publication give so little hint of what a restaurant’s prices are. Most people are on normal budgets, not reviewer expense accounts, and cannot be surprised by huge tabs at the end of a meal when they go somewhere to eat. Would you please start providing this minimal courtesy to your readers?
An alternate play list
While everyone disagrees with year-end best-of lists, you guys really dropped the ball on the local side of things (“Thanks for the Music,” Dec. 27). How could you really leave out the Silver Jews album Bright Flight? Some of the local picks were laughable at best, but the exclusion of this album, which was recorded and written right here in Nashville, is just journalistic laziness. But, then again, you guys didn’t even review it when it was released, so why should one assume that it would be included on the list? And please, don’t pretend you didn’t know about it. But if you honestly didn’t, then that shows how unhip you’ve become.
A writer’s story
Kudos to the Scene and Michael Kreyling for reminding readers of Peter Taylor’s important legacy (“Chronicler of the Lost Nashville,” Dec. 20). As the article notes, although Taylor’s subtle, nuanced treatment of Southern manners and mores won him numerous awards and the respect of his peers, one senses that Taylor is often overlooked as a major voice in Southern literature. I met Peter Taylor in the spring of 1985, and during dinner our conversation turned to his playwriting and somehow to Tennessee Williams. Although Mr. Taylor spoke disparagingly of Williams’ “lurid excesses,” it struck me that these two men had one important thing in commontheir almost uncanny ability to depict intellectual and emotional chaos from a woman’s point of view. As Kreyling notes, Taylor may not have benefited critically from 20th century feminist perspectives, but he certainly knew how to depict the frustrations of women living in a patriarchal society.
One smart bird
The Scene is not without support in Tennessean bashing. The other day, as I went up the driveway to pick up the paper, a crow was standing on it and tearing off numerous, neat, approximately 1-inch-wide strips. I’ve always known that crows are intelligent.
Leonard H. Wurzel
8116 Shady Place, Brentwood
Your editorial regarding the Green Hills speed humps (“Of Humps and Chumps,” Dec. 20) didn’t consider that Cross Creek and Valley Brook are not typical neighborhood streets, but have characteristics of connector streets. Other than Estes Road, Cross Creek is the only residential street intersecting Abbott Martin, which has a traffic signal to facilitate ingress and egress. Also, Abbott Martin is designed so that when it changes from four to two lanes, vehicles in the northernmost lane must turn onto Cross Creek. Finally, there is a turn lane from Woodmont onto Valley Brook. Considering the entire length of Woodmont, the only other streets with turn lanes are connector streets (Bowling, Hillsboro and Granny White).
2200 Hillsboro Road, Nashville
We did not pay him
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate the Scene. I appreciate the fact that you place healthy debate and constructive criticism in the context of overall improvement of a city we care a lot about. Nashville has a real personality derived from the diversity of its inhabitantsone of depth and substance that is evolving and improving all the timeand your words are a vital part of that advancement.
Not so phat
I think your film review of Shallow Hal is absolutely horrible. While there are a few poignant moments, such as the scene with the child in the burn victim ward, the sheer hypocrisy that pervades the entire premise dooms the movie before it even gets off the ground. Contrary to how your reviewer saw it, it was hypocritical to have the humori.e., chairs breakingbased on actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s weight. Your reviewer, however, said that the jokes were used to point out our prejudices, but a more effective method of doing that would have been to have Paltrow fat throughout the entire movie. How would the audiences have reacted if Paltrow had been overweight in the bedroom scene? That would have pointed out to the audience how perverted their standards are, but as it stood the movie only exploits those standards under the guise of indicting them.
Last week’s Annual Manual incorrectly stated that Tennesseans can apply for a learner’s permit at 16. The age is 15. Also, Johny Jackson’s Soul Satisfaction is currently hosted at Cantina, formerly Jody’s in Cummins Station, featuring hip-hop, soul, techno and jazz music.
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