Mad About Us
Michael Fry's clever use of exaggeration in "The Official Houston Home-Invasion Recognition Guide" [No Bull, January 13] may not be original or subtle, but it is funny. Santa in crosshairs is very funny.
The depiction of the Scotsman is less so. Ridiculing a fear so intense that it compelled a homeowner to shoot through his door requires a strong sense of righteousness. I submit that there are still too many unanswered questions about what transpired that night to be so certain of our judgments that we allow ourselves the use of comic exaggeration in the portrayal of those events. Neither the real nightmare of home invasion nor the recent tragedy are anything to joke about, but perhaps Mr. Fry is of the persuasion that the end justifies the means pursuant to making a point.
I remember the day John Lennon was shot. I also remember my rancor at the gun-control advocates who did not refuse themselves the pleasure of using his death that very evening to promote their interests.
This cartoon belongs in Mad magazine, or some other juvenile publication where responsibility and respect are something to snicker at.
Ivan K. Scheffler
We think of Don Sanders as poet laureate of Houston folk, not as an elder statesman [Pop Music, "Folk Ways and Means," by Brad Tyer, January 6]. We have been enjoying this particular batch of songs for several years now; Don has finally graced us with a recording. Alas, the cassette does not include the copyright dates or the stories behind the songs as we have heard Don tell them; you got the themes wrong on a couple of songs.
Since you consider "folk music [as] static, predictable, and maybe just a little bit cloying," don't ever make the mistake of attending the Kerrville Folk Festival or listening to KPFT 90.1 FM. You might discover the contemporary realm of "singer/songwriter" music and the hordes who have not abandoned this vital form. Pity is, the "hordes" have never discovered singer/songwriter music, or Don, or most of his colleagues. As for plowing musical soil, eight years between albums is too long; we're hoping that Don will record his delightful participatory children's songs (and we will say so to his face the next time we see him).
Debbie Huffman and David Huffman
I'm a 13-year-old and you may call me a child if you like, but I take Eddie Vedder's music very seriously [Pop Music, "Endgame," by Brad Tyer, December 23]. He writes about his life and past experiences, and he turns it into music. His father died when he was very young, and his music expresses his innermost thoughts and feelings. Eddie Vedder's fans love his work, and it shows by the record sales.
Pearl Jam is a very good band. I hope it stays that way.
Which Paper Do You Read?
You're missing the boat by dropping some of your best properties Ñ News of the Weird, Joe Bob Briggs and your auto mechanics [Click & Clack]. I'm with your other readers who miss your eclectic mix. What happened to your diversity?
Editor's Note: You are not alone in missing News of the Weird and Click & Clack. But the Press has never run Joe Bob Briggs.
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