So I'm sitting down to dinner, enjoying my favorite newspaper, the Nashville Scene, and reading a story by my favorite writer, Jim Ridley. The story is a tribute to a drag queen who just died ("Long Live the Queen," Sept. 2), and it's a fascinating eulogy about a Nashvillian who inspired a thriving subculture in a Bible Belt community. I turn the page to read on when ... what's this? No more story. I look to see if I've missed something — "continued on page 10" or maybe it's hidden behind one of those big, colorful half-page ads that the Scene now proudly displays. But it's nowhere to be found. [Editor's note: The complete article can be found at nashvillescene.com.]
Unfortunately, this seems to be a growing trend with your newspaper and, quite frankly, I'm losing patience. I've watched as you've axed some of my favorite columns and removed the movie listings in favor of a newer, glossier look with mega-advertising. I can understand the need to grow and boost sponsorship in this age of fierce Internet competition, but please, please please, don't skimp on your proofreading.
Surely there must be someone in this vast city who can spot typos and dropped sentences and (doh!) even the occasional lost second half of a story. And the irony here is that this was a story written by your BOSS! I don't know if Mr. Ridley is prone to explosive outbursts and high blood pressure, but I had this picture in my head of his face turning bright red and heads rolling down the hallway.
Please do your loyal readers a favor and hire some new copy editors or proofreaders or whatever you need to remain a viable and reputable force in the print business, because the Internet is just a click away. I'm just sayin'.
Regarding "The Art of the Deal" (Aug. 26): Some time back, I read about Fisk's problems concerning the Stieglitz Collection. As they were soliciting ideas at the time, I wrote a suggestion to the lawyer in charge. I offered several pieces of my art for auction, thinking other artists might join me, to benefit the maintenance of the collection. I believe I suggested calling the show "Art for Art's Sake."
I am an itinerant artist, a traveler. I celebrate my 18th anniversary of what I've titled "Living Art in America" on Sept. 12. Some would call me "homeless."
Over a decade ago, I gave two of my pieces to the Civic Media Center in Gainesville, Fla. Together they made the CMC $5,000. Some years later, I gave the CMC three more pieces. (Don't know if they've sold or not.)
I have often donated my art to nonprofits. Currently, as part of the Tomato Fest, I have three pieces in the Art & Invention Gallery, two of which I have offered to be auctioned for the benefit of Nashville charities dealing with flood relief.
My offer to Fisk still stands. Though my art may not command the price of a Warhol or Picasso, it might pay for a month's electrical bill.
As I always say to my potential customers on the street, "This shit will be worth millions when I'm dead. You can get it cheaper now."
Be art ... be free!
Thinning the herd
I found the article on global warming in Nashville ("Hot Problems," Aug. 26) to be fascinating. Something is surely happening. Let's extrapolate it out to its natural end. The first question is, "Do you believe in evolution?" The second question then is, "Do you believe in natural selection?"
If you believe these things, then the global warming issue is not a problem. Taken to its logical end, the system will balance out. If the ice melts, water will only go so high. If the population is decreased, we will see a drop in emissions; there will be less cars, less strain on the grid, less animals producing methane (decreased need for food) and we will convert back to a more agrarian society. The population decrease will lead to a stronger family unit (survival), thus a stronger stock of humans.
There will be less warfare; no one will have the resources to wage war. We'll move to a centralized world government to coordinate resources. Eventually the earth will cycle back to a cooler environment. Nature will correct this problem by reducing population. We are talking about the welfare of the human race, right? Reduced, humanity will continue on as a species.
Those people who believe in evolution and natural selection will have to be extremely firm in their beliefs and let this happen. It won't be pretty, but it will be the right thing for the earth. Why fight it? In geological time, this episode of warming won't matter. If this life is all there is, our lives have no meaning other than perpetuation of the species. Looking through the evolutionary lens, we should let the strong survive and let the weak die off.
The cover of last week's Scene ("Has American Arrived?" Sept. 2) featured an illustration by Drew Brinkley that drew inspiration from the album cover for A Train Bound for Glory by Americana artist Pete Molinari (www.petemolinari.co.uk). The image should have been credited as such. The Scene regrets the error.
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