A proper pad: We live in space no. 600 of Space Center RV park. The park that you picked to visit ["RV Xmas," by Brad Tyer, January 4] is not your typical park for full-timers. It has a large population of people like my wife and me who work full-time jobs. We have been living here since July 12 after selling our home and three acres in Santa Fe, Texas. We have been planning to be full-timers for the past 18 months, and it is not a life that anyone should just jump into.
I believe you would have gotten a better perspective if you had gone to Rainbow park in Livingston, which is the Escapees' home park. You will find a much different lifestyle than Space Center RV park; that is a place where if you need help in any way, a fellow RVer would be glad to help. We will be living at the Rainbow park after we leave here in February. There is a difference between a full-timer and someone who is using a travel trailer for a week or two a year.
We don't know, either: I couldn't quite figure if this was op-ed or what. Just a little heavy on the intellectual condescension and nihilism to be heartwarming human interest. What was your intention?
All in all, however, an excellent piece of writing. Best regards.
In the Hood
Fond remembrance: Thank you for your extended article about Dorothy Hood ["Life in the Abstract," by Lisa Gray, December 21]. For me, she was a remarkable artist whose intensity and technique were far superior to Frankenthaler, with whom she is frequently compared. Her placement of forms and color and the lines she demanded the viewer's eye to follow rarely failed to challenge me.
I knew her a little and was one of those friends who backed off due to her last association. Whether or not we liked him, he could give her something we could not. Thank you for writing the kind of remembrance (I don't want to call it an obituary) she deserved!
Gilderson's gift: Wonderful story ["Hard Call," by Margaret Downing, December 21]. Too bad there aren't more caring people in the world like Elizabeth Ann Gilderson. She could teach the many so-called Christians about the true meaning of Christianity and humanity.
Thank you, and thank goodness for Elizabeth Ann.
Two-story: Regarding "Charity Case" [by Steven Long, January 4]: As always, the Houston Press has done another outstanding job in reporting the story behind the story. Congratulations on another fine piece. (Wish I worked for you guys.)
Worldviews: The article on William Dembski ["In God's Country," December 14] is thorough and balanced. It reflects deep interest in its subject on the part of the author, Lauren Kern, and extensive interviews of Dembski as well as some of his critics and Baylor officials. The story of Dembski's hiring and virtual firing is intriguing. Even more interesting, however, is what the article reflects about the writer's worldview, and the significance she sees in the concept of intelligent design.
Ms. Kern seems to imply that she shares the Darwinian "entire worldview," and that she regards the correctness of that worldview as self-evident. If so, it is highly ironic that she articulates so beautifully the implications of intelligent design. Could it be that Ms. Kern is pulling our leg about her own worldview?
Swedish meatballs: Congratulations to Lauren Kern for the perceptive article on William Dembski.
Were the Swedes not steeped in Darwinism, Dembski would be a Nobel laureate. Dembski is not only a wedge but also a hammer. And if he weren't so dangerous to evolution -- the greatest fairy tale ever told -- the evolutionists at Baylor would have ignored him.
May Dembski's tribe increase, and may Lauren Kern document their prosperity.
Cut the Crap
Art and elitists: How I enjoyed your article on the Cy Twombly show at the Menil ["Cy for Him," by Kelly Klaasmeyer, December 14]. I thought I was the only one who felt this way. I first came across Twombly about 25 years ago. I couldn't believe it. Crayon scribbles. Is this for real?
You said, "Presenting art as something the average person could never hope to understand, as the enigmatic work of one touched with greatness, is a load of horseshit and perpetuates an elitism that ultimately undermines the cause of art." God bless you.
The January issue of ARTnews has a letter that says, "There is a word for this kind of art writing, and that word is 'bullshit.' It comes from looking at works of art with the mouth rather than the eyes, and rearranging them to suit an agenda." Do you know how good I feel right now? Keep up the good work.
Good deal: Your article ["Staying Alive," by Aaron Howard, January 4] hit the nail right on the head. I work as the door man at the Sidecar Pub, and you would not believe the amount of bitching and moaning I have to listen to about paying a cover charge.
The Sidecar usually charges $6 to listen to three live bands. That's $2 per band to listen to live local and national bands. Some of the customers act like I want their whole paycheck or their first-born. This really amazes me, because I guess they would rather spend more than that to see a 90-minute movie.
The cover charge gets you in all night, and the price of a drink at the bar is cheaper than a Coke at the movies. By paying the cover (which goes to the band, not the bar), you are supporting live music in Houston. That same Houston Press issue reports that bars are closing because of lack of support ["Making the Scene," by Craig D. Lindsey], and soon you will have to go to Austin to hear your favorite band, or wait till it hits the big time and pay $25 per ticket and $6 per beer just to hear it.
Wake up, Houston. Support your city and support live music, before it becomes a thing of the past.
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Victorians reign: Gregory Weinkauf incorrectly used the Monica Lewinsky affair as an example of Americans' permissive sexual views, views most do not share ["Sex for Dummies," December 14].
The fact is that members of our legislature impeached the president over naughty behavior because they were jealous and judgmental, not because of legal obstructions.
His obstructions were to prevent the public airing of infidelity to an equally judgmental citizenry. Bush used Clinton's "immorality" as a campaign strategy, and Gore had to steer wide from it. The whole issue proves we do live in a backward, sexually ill country that censors sexual drama much more quickly than the violence it's cozier with. Weinkauf cannot, therefore, claim that the film Quills is behind the times and noneducational to a mostly stifled U.S. audience.