Love/Hate Mail, Oct. 4, 2012 

Fashion senseless

I am gravely disappointed in the "Timeless Trumps Trendy" cover story regarding Nashville fashion (Sept. 27). While the model is striking and did an outstanding job with what she was given, the styling smacks of trends, misunderstanding of vintage fit and style, and a complete misread of fashion altogether. Further, the article banged the same drum of what Nashville fashion is and isn't that we've all heard over and over. No, we aren't just glitter and cowboys, but we aren't just shredded dresses, hipsters and ridiculously expensive blue jeans, either. The article placidly emphasizes this dichotomy of the stereotyped ignorant Southerner look versus the tired notion that weird vintage and texture matching constitutes style. The writer and art director leave Nashville little room for worthwhile creative exploration in this arena, while purporting to have a finger on its style pulse. This lackluster attempt to discuss Nashville's fashion with any insight or authority is an uneducated flop.

Marianne Bailey

A sinking ship at LP Field?

Great and all too true sports column in in the Sept. 27 Scene, "Titanic Love Story." Unfortunately for Titans fans, it was perfect.

Jeff Jordan

When you point a finger at someone else ...

Jeff Woods' article "Donkey Wrong" (Sept. 6) was good so far as it went, but I did not read one word about a citizen's responsibility to educate herself or himself about whom to vote for. All anyone had to do before the primary election was to take a few minutes to go onto the websites of the candidates running in the Tennessee Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. I did this, and it took about 20 minutes. It was immediately clear that Mark Clayton had nothing to offer Democratic voters. In fact, there were only a couple of candidates that I (a lifelong Democrat) considered voting for, and I did vote for one of them. It was not Mr. Clayton.

I know of no other person who did this. It is astounding, given the easy access to the Internet, that so many voters did not look into it for themselves.

Yes, Chip Forrester could have exercised more leadership than he did, but Democratic voters should take responsibility and the blame here as well. We should not need anyone to tell us who to vote for.

Carole VanderWal

And our winner for letter of the year is ...

Regarding "Donkey Wrong" (Sept. 6): I voted for Mark Clayton because I thought he used to play for the Dolphins.

Al Gross

Beware the Republican cuckoo patrol

Rachel Walden's recent City Limits story, "Bad Biology" (Sept. 6), should be required reading in all science classes in high school and beyond. It is sad indeed that America is filling itself up with all kinds of quasi-biology, thanks to places like the Creation Museum and politicians who are a cog short of intellect. Be afraid, people, be very afraid. Be afraid, not of a Muslim takeover or the rise of socialism. Be afraid of the tea party's paralysis of the Republicans, the return of the good-old South of the 1920s and '30s, the resurrection of themes prevalent in McCarthyism, and Klansmen wearing three-piece suits and hiding in your best neighborhoods. Swing away, Rachel, swing away.

Lorene Lambert
Cross Plains, Tenn.

Johnson and Johnson

I want to be the first to pre-empt and declare myself the winner of next year's You Are So Nashville If contest:

No. 1: You are so Nashville if ... you still think Chris Johnson is an asset to the Titans.

Here's the question: Is Chris Johnson occupying Nashville or does he belong to the 1 percent? Think about it — he's already gotten his big payday, and he doesn't give a shit about the game, the fans, his reputation or his team. He doesn't even have a team, except the CJ Team.

His business card must read: "Chris Johnson. I've got mine! Fuck you and the football field you rode in on."

Rhio Hirsch
Whites Creek

A noble Stand

Regarding "Take a Stand" (Aug. 23): I was involved in the formulation process for Jim Reyland's play Stand, and I couldn't be more proud of the work involved. The sentiments on the situation of the homeless and the personal memories Jim lays bare in this story are simply astounding and heart-wrenching! What impresses me most is Jim's absolute dedication to the project, and his almost messianic fervor in getting the other theater companies involved. I am so very proud of Jim, Barry, Chip and David for getting this piece up and rolling. Here's hoping it gets the audience it deserves! Have a terrific run with Stand, fellas! My best to you all.

Brian Russell


In last week's issue, hair and makeup artist Betsy Briggs Cathcart was misidentified on the Contents page and on page 26 of the cover story, "Nashville Style." The Scene regrets the error.


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