Reader: Young people aren't interested in being patronized
Fascinating story about Burke Snowden. I am, however, concerned that people allow a fourteen-year-old to talk to them as he talks to his elders. I certainly respect that he knows what he is talking about, but just because he may think it does not mean he needs to express it. Sometimes, as parents, we must teach our children the values of respect and civility — and this young man doesn't seem to have much of either.
"All of the clubs, though, face the same challenge trying to enticing younger players: They can't." Gee, I wonder why young people aren't interested?
"'Kids these days have too many distractions...' says Steve Wainz, the 62-year-old co-owner of the Denver House of Cards. 'If they had any skill set other than killing and blowing people up with little remotes connected to their TVs...'"
"'He's kind of a rude little boy, isn't he? He corrects you all the time, like he's never heard of respecting his elders.'"
Ah, that's why. Because younger people aren't particularly interested in being patronized.
Posted at westword.com
"Easy Riders," Michael Paglia, December 23
The art in this exhibition wasn't made to last; the artists and collectives were interested in shaping their lives and communities as works of art. That's what I got from seeing this exhibition. So Michael Paglia is right when he says this is a documentary exhibition, but I think the curators also mean to make a larger point about rethinking what art can be — and to show that art is more than something you hang on a wall.
Paglia writes about the lesbian collectives in the exhibition and cracks a cheap joke when he says that "few members shaved their legs or put on makeup." Did he even read all the materials on display about these collectives? They were complex groups that survived autonomously for decades. Paglia's comment mars an otherwise interesting review. It belongs in a frat house, not in an art review.
Westword's Cafe Section
Both Lori Midson and Laura Shunk are good writers who deeply know and care about their subject matter, as well as Westword readers. I find their work far superior to that of Jason Sheehan, whose reviews previously appeared on these pages. Jason went to great lengths — lengthy paragraphs, that is — to tell you more about himself than the subject matter at hand.
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