Cue Twilight Zone music
I read John Pitcher's "Southern Gothic" article in last week's issue with great interest. I remembered reading about the similar tale of the supposed disappearance of a man who lived near Gallatin, in Sumner County, in 1880. While crossing a field, no less. I kept thinking that the composer's name was familiar. The man's name in the 1880 incident was ... David Lang, the same name as the composer of the opera, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field!
Do a Web search for "David Lang" plus "disappearance" and you'll find all sorts of links to stories about it.
Anyway, I thought this was a huge, weird coincidence that I had to share.
Steven D. Johnson
Outstanding in his field
Wow! A nod from Martin Brady as Nashville's best actor in 2010, another for my cast of Superior Donuts as best ensemble this year, a letter to the editor printed on behalf of Stand and now a cover photo for the Nashville Opera. I'm starting to think you guys like me!
Thanks again to John Pitcher and all involved with the editorial staff for putting The Difficulty of Crossing a Field on the front cover (Nov. 8). Every single person connected with the production was thrilled beyond belief to see that coverage for such an unusual but vital opera being staged in little ol' Nashville! And of course, now I've got proof positive that even someone as tone-deaf as me can be in an opera!
Thank you for your cover story on The Difficulty of Crossing a Field ("Southern Gothic," Nov. 8). It really helped my wife and I to enjoy the opera, which was great. The music, musicians and performers were excellent.
And still more Difficulty
Your article on The Difficulty of Crossing a Field ("Southern Gothic," Nov. 8) was great. The performance was fantastic. My wife and I went Saturday, and it was perhaps the best opera event we have been to in years, and we have been season ticket holders for a while now. Thank you for covering the arts — please keep it up!
Bill and Annie McLaurin
You're welcome, Jacob
I would like to take this opportunity to all of you who took the time and effort to place a write-in vote for me in the U.S. Senate race. While winning was an impossibility, your choice to put my name in shows there are many who are ready for our state to move toward the left. Your votes were not wasted, but were a loud and clear shift in our state.
Now we must think toward the future. I will be running for office again. I do not yet know for which office or when, but it will happen. (And I will be on the ballot — no more fears of misspelling my name!) This has been a life-changing experience and I am ready to take it on again and find success. Though as of today we do not yet know the exact vote total we received, I am sure the original goal I posted ("Let's see if I can get 10 people to vote for me!") was exceeded by a large amount. All in all, this campaign was a huge success.
Keep following me. Add me on Twitter (@jacobmaurertn). Visit the website, which will soon have much more content added (jacobmaurertn.com). Keep aiming high. Finally, thank you, Nashville Scene, for being the first to acknowledge my campaign. You have not heard the last from me.
No vote of confidence
Regarding Jeff Woods' article in your 2012 Voter's Guide ("The Positives of Going Negative," Nov. 1): I cannot but wonder where Mr. Woods has been living for at least the last 12 months. In my awareness, and most likely in that of most sentient Tennesseans — indeed all Americans — there has been a mudslide of mudslinging from both sides of the so-called aisle in the hallowed halls of politics. The campaigns for president of the United States are hardly distinguishable from those Mr. Woods criticizes within the borders of the Volunteer State, and closer to home, in the counties, districts and streets surrounding our state capital. It is sadly true and self-evident that political discourse in America has given itself over to such negative tactics. They are divisive, misleading and play on the public's ill-informed fears in the quest for political advantage.
As long as such strident partisanship rules the day, there is little hope that the critical issues we face will be helpfully or meaningfully addressed. However, I believe it to be also self-evident that we, the American electorate, bear equal responsibility for this tragic state of affairs because we do not demand higher standards in the exercise of our democratic ideals and processes. It is fair to point out that you, as a member of the media, bear an especially acute responsibility to uphold a high standard when it comes to offering balanced, relevant and truthful information, devoid of innuendo in supposedly presenting a "Voter's Guide" to your reading public.
The Rev. Dr. Lyonel W. Gilmer
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