Online readers respond to "Out of The Box," by Shea Serrano, June 24:
The Box are some dumb-asses: This man has done nothing but good for the city of Houston, and for the station to do him like that is not only a slap in his face but also a slap to the people he has helped. They don't even support their hometown MCs. I don't even listen to that station anymore. They don't play the real hip-hop. We need artists like Trae.
Boycott The Box: I'm not a fan of Trae's music. I prefer 'Face or Devin. But I'm down with the cause. I say we need a statewide and concerted effort to boycott The Box. Give it a real try this time. Make it wrong to listen to the station. Get everyone involved. It should be easy to do because many hate 97.9 anyway. Even better would be to start a brand-new independent radio station here in Houston. Instead of a lawsuit, that would be money well spent. All you rich rappers should take matters into your own hands and fund the start of a new station.
This is BS: Seriously, Trae, move on, man. For real. Radio didn't make you, so why are you fighting for radio now? The radio doesn't control the game like it did five years ago. The Internet will reach a bigger audience than 97.9 The Box. I'm tired of this so-called scandal over radio play. I never heard of a street advocate fighting for the radio to play his music. You owe it to your people to work around any obstacle in your way, homey. You've got too much talent for this, bro. Let's get back to dropping music. F*** the radio, man. Oh, yeah...if you got fired from your gig, you can only blame your damn self. Take it as a sign to do something bigger and better.
Don't Mess with Texas
You missed it: Sorry you didn't enjoy the show at Texas Gallery ["Forty and Not So Fabulous," by Troy Schulze, June 24]. Most of the pieces are selected and borrowed, so it wasn't haphazard. (Check the back of the announcement for all the credits.) The install has various conversations going on formally and thematically. You missed this completely. The point was to "overdo" it...a celebration.
Sorry you were inconvenienced by it not being installed when you got here. It is summer, after all, and we had some unexpected glitches with electricity. We were waiting for an electrician when you came in. We love Shawne Major, and she freaked that it was printed in the article that her work wasn't lit. It was shortly after your visit. You might have noticed that other works were also not lit at the time.
Also, Elizabeth Murray is "messy"? I would beg to differ. She was considered an innovator. She is deceased, and her prices are very in line. (You should inquire about the Agnes Martin drawing if you want to quibble with prices.)
Did you see the greens in the Pousette-Dart in the front room along with the ones in the Steir, Appleby and Hafif, bouncing off the Murray at the back of the space and, when you entered the main room, bouncing over to the Dona Nelson? Couldn't you marvel at how the Greenbaum, the Meyer and the Rae managed to offer different solutions to the challenge of abstract painting within the limits of a canvas? And how they all then paid homage to another great predecessor, Nancy Graves, across the way?
Clare Rojas is definitely not Japanese or influenced by such; I would say Middle European or Ukrainian. We are very proud of the work by Joan Brown, yet another pioneer who is also deceased. You failed to notice how the Mickalene Thomas and the Shawne Major glinted and winked at each other across the room (even with lights out), or that the work that was really in the corner was by Lynda Benglis, dare I say, another pioneer. Her work from the '70s was absolutely fantastic playing with the Thomas piece. Benglis happens to hail from Louisiana as well. And given the fact that a Jessica Stockholder and a Kiki Smith were both nearby, Shawne was in very good company.
Your review seemed pretty grumpy in general, and that may not be all our fault. Many visitors have loved it and gotten it. I wonder if it is a gender thing. Maybe you are not into an all-girls show.
Houston Press Picks Up National, State Journalism Awards
Chris Vogel wins a Casey Medal
Chris Vogel, Houston Press staff writer, has been named the winner of the prestigious 2010 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism competition in the Non Daily category.
Vogel won for "For Their Own Good," which examined the Harris County jail practice of placing juveniles certified as adults in solitary, even before they had been convicted of anything. The story has received numerous journalism awards.
All winners receive a Casey Medal and $1,000 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in October. More than 500 journalists from across the nation entered this year's contest, which is sponsored by The Journalism Center on Children & Families, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Closer to home, Vogel and several other Houston Press staffers and contributors did well in the statewide Lone Star Awards sponsored by the Houston Press Club. Those results are as follows:
Chris Vogel: First in Print Journalist of the Year for "For Their Own Good," "A Quiet Hell" and "Wind Power." And first in Politics/Government for "For Their Own Good."
Paul Knight: Second in Print Journalist of the Year for "Wild Rides," "Superthief" and "The Recruit."
Sean Pendergast: First in the Opinion category of Internet-Based News, Original, for "Game Time: Five Jobs the Rockets Can Give Tracy McGrady."
Chris Curry: First in Photo Package for "The Burmese Come to Houston."
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Craig Malisow: Second in Business story for "Cover Me," and Second in Politics/Government for "BARC Sucks."
Mike Giglio: Second in Feature Story for "The Burmese Come to Houston."
John Nova Lomax: Third in Feature Story for "Love in the Time of Leprosy."
Margaret Downing: Third in General Commentary/Criticism for "Let the Record Reflect."