Mark Leib's review of Jobsite's Gorey Stories ("A Bit Too Gorey," Oct. 24), Alex Pickett's "Influencers" interview with Muslim leader Ahmed Bedier ("Like the NAACP, but for Muslims," Oct. 24) and Wade Tatangelo as jukebox hero/goat (Bar Tab, "Don't Rock the Jukebox," Oct. 10) were among the hot topics in our various electronic mailboxes — on the Web, on our blogs and via e-mail. We also heard differing opinions on our cover story about a young photographer ("Fresh Eyes," Oct. 24); a WMNF DJ's response to Wade's blog post on tampacalling.com about the late-night scheduling of rock shows; cheers from the homebrewer featured in our Beer Issue (Oct. 17) and a compliment (!) from a Hillsborough County Commissioner re John Sugg's look at the metropolitan transit system in Atlanta (Oct. 10).
The Gorey Story
Where we are glad Mr. Leib couldn't really find fault with our production, yet we're a bit disappointed (but not surprised) to hear him take such issue with the script and to once again express his lone opinion as hard fact. He says it is repetitive and boring, yet wholly neglects to mention the other 97 individuals who sat around him who whooped, clapped, laughed, howled and gasped through the entire show to then emphatically rise to their feet at the end of the show. I have a hard time believing any of them were bored.
David Jenkins, Jobsite Theater
Is David Jenkins insecure or what? Who gives a rip what a pretentious ass like Leib thinks?
The Seldom Seen Theatregoer
If Creative Loafing continues to employ this backwoods failed "playwright" as their theater critic, and if people continue to base their live entertainment choices on the words of this clueless and bitter goon, then Tampa will remain just a sweltering cesspit burg featuring a fourth-rate football team and piss-poor productions of Cats.
Thank you to Creative Loafing and Alex Pickett for selecting Ahmed Bedier as the "Influencer" of the week. I've been watching Bedier for a few years now, and I find him inspiring and sincere. Out of all the local community leaders, Bedier strikes me as the true civil rights advocate standing up for the weak and the disenfranchised.
What A Juke
I was the "dirtball" at Yeoman's that Wade speaks of, but nobody's songs were "skipped." Mainly because I wouldn't stand for such actions. Regardless of how I felt about the songs being played by others, we all still have our rights to the juke. I gotta thank Mr. Tatangelo, however, for upping my celebrity status around town with his hilarious rendition of said incidents that fateful night. Why don't u speak up next time instead of being a complete pussy and whining about it in your crappy little column? And Wade, next time u want to call names, do it to my face like a man, not a child. U have my e-mail if u want to get a hold of me.
How many "Dirtballs" are there? Wade clearly identified himself as the writer of the column. That's "man" enough.
Really? Is this serious? Who cares! Your run-of-the-mill "cool" music is just the same lame shit anyone can hear on the radio everyday. ... I don't believe this ever happened. And if it did — You're Asshole #4. Get over it.
Juke Box Hero
Well done, Marion! As his former teacher, I can say he's a true superstar photographer. I'm glad he's getting such major props! Thanks for spreading the good news!
This for a cover story? I admire the kid's ambition and talent at age 14, and he deserves some coverage, but how the hell is this cover story material? Am I the only one who thinks the quality of this rag is beginning to seriously suck?
Jim Jones Florida
Wow, loved the article! I have to admit, I was really more excited about a write-up in Creative Loafing than being interviewed on Channel 10 or Fox 13! Not that TV wasn't great publicity, but I feel a greater connection to your paper and its readers; myself being a bleeding heart liberal, militant Florida Cracker! Also, thanks for portraying TBBEERS and homebrewing in general as more than just an excuse to hang out and drink beer. The finest beer ever brewed won't be found in a store. It's more likely in some homebrewer's closet, garage or basement, waiting for its debut at a club meeting.
Bob Sylvester, Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
It Could Happen Here
Just finished reading John Sugg's well-timed piece on the lessons of Atlanta's MARTA. I think that there is finally the juice to make real headway on a comprehensive transportation plan in Hillsborough County that will include a light-rail component. It is going to be multi-modal (yes we will have to build more roads), but the focus will be on building a community that provides for a high quality of life and can attract the high-tech biotech industry necessary to support a costly infrastructure system and be willing to use it.
Mark Sharpe, Hillsborough County Commission
Too Late, Baby
Fuck yeah, flapjack! I'm 44 years old, obviously a huge music fan. I'd be out a couple of times a week if I thought I could get home at a reasonable hour. But 7 a.m. comes awfully early (my husband has to get up at 5:30, you won't see him at many shows at all. ...) and I just can't deal without enough sleep. Once you get to a certain age, you just can't bounce back like you did in college. I've got kids to take care of. Middle school teachers don't like to hear that the reason Justen is late to school is because his mother was out at a bar too late the previous night. There are many music fans my age and older who came to music at the beginnings of punk/new wave/alternative who are now comfortably middle-aged but haven't lost their passion for music, new music and live music. They've got money to burn but no place, really, to do it. I've even suggested doing two shows, one early and one late, for the more popular bands, or having the 'headliner' go on earlier and finish up the night with the support acts. There are creative ways to bring music to the people who want to hear it.
This week we bid farewell to a favorite writer, Dawn Morgan, who's headed to Washington, D.C. (C-SPAN, hire her!) A familiar voice to WMNF listeners (she wrote last week about her experiences there as a volunteer), she developed the column "Curiouser" for us while working here as an editorial assistant and won many fans for her sympathetic portraits of a wide array of Tampa Bay residents. Her dedicated blogging and faithful attention to the weekly concert listings in Soundboard have left their mark, too. Dawn's warmth, openness and eagerness to learn have added a lot to our newsroom — we'll miss her. (Look for her final "Curiouser" column in a coming issue.)