Last week, we got into a conversation about my decision to print the f-word in the current issue of D Magazine. A woman wrote in to say that she wasn’t much pleased when she saw the word in print. In fact, she was downright angry. So Krista sent her a link to the post explaining the thinking about the f-word decision. The woman was not impressed. She wrote back:
I’ll assume your link is going to justify it somehow some way but I am telling you now – there should be ZERO tolerance for such vulgarity. Journalists/contirbutors/sewer-heads are apparently desperate for a story and have resorted to “shock-value” much the way many mentally distressed actors/actresses/musicians, etc are — but “shock-value” = vulgarity EVERY SINGLE TIME. Â As a wife and a mother of four — I am sick to death of people like you and those contributing to your magazine dragging this nation thru the pits of hell with their constant immorality and indecency. Â Take the high road Â for once — take a stand for goodness and morality — and lets just see who is the better for it?
“Dragging this nation through the pits of hell”? My goodness.
Credit Tony Cragg’s “Line of Thought” sculpture at the Rosewood Court complex and Jeremy Strick, director of the Nasher Sculpture Center, for Dallas snaring Cragg’s first U.S. museum exhibition in two decades. It was at a ceremony for the Rosewood work several years ago that Strick and Cragg began the conversation that led to the British sculptor’s new show here called Seeing Things, the men recalled the other day.
Cragg later returned to Dallas following that opening gambit and the conversation with Strick continued. Eventually, Cragg recalled, Strick and the Nasher “generously invited me to exhibit, and I’m very glad they did.” Recognized as one of the world’s leading sculptors, the unassuming Cragg said he’d known Nasher Sculpture Center founder Ray Nasher long before the center was built and that “the Nasher is one of the best places in the world to show sculpture.”
Typical of the pieces in the major exhibit, which opened Saturday and will continue through January 8, is “Points of View” (shown in photo by Jeanne Prejean, which, yes, shamelessly promotes D Magazine). These works from Cragg’s last 10 years are so big and heavy–they traveled to the U.S. by ship–the sculptor doubts he’ll have another American museum exhibition for another two or three years, at least.
Yes, it’s been a while since anyone’s brought up the Great Coyote Controversy of Twenty-Ten, the one where Gov. Rick Perry told a reporter he shot a coyote while out jogging when that coyote was looking to make a puppy a snack.
But you know, when you run for president, all kinds of things come up. Your long-form birth certificate. Your migraines. Your bimbo eruptions. And, well, your jogging with a Ruger. Carol Flake Chapman, one of Vanity Fair’s founding editors,Â dissects Perry’s story for The Daily Beast – right down to his choice of weapon, and comes up with one conclusion: Seriously?
But first she takes on the premise that he jogs with a gun because he’s afraid of snakes:
Perry told the reporter that he happened to be packing his pistol, loaded with hollow-point bullets, because he’s afraid of snakes, which raises a number of issues. First of all, the incident was supposed to have happened in February, during an unusually cold winter in Austin. It was the eighth-coldest February on record in Austin, and I can tell you it was damned cold that winter, and not the kind of weather when snakes are active.
And, well, she then looks at his choice of ammo for snakes, his choice of gun, and what coyotes do when confronted.
I’ve been going back-and-forth with my friend Mark all morning about the Bon Iver concert we’re attending this evening (it’s sold out, or I’d recommend you come too.) Mark is convinced that because this show is 1) seated and 2) taking place at the Winspear, jeans are not necessarily appropriate attire. I say denim is fine, provided it’s not the cut-offs I destroyed yesterday while attempting to help repaint the most dimly-lit auditorium of all time. If you’d like to see D‘s handiwork, drop by the African American Museum in Fair Park. And if you’d like to weigh in on this oh-so-important weird venue wardrobe issue, feel free to comment below. Especially if you’ll be there tonight.
And actually, this is one instance where I wish I didn’t already have plans. The Texas Theatre is putting their beloved 35 mm projector aside for the evening to host the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet for the first of the company’s planned Monday evening fundraisers. It’s an opportunity to meet the folks behind the fledgling ballet company (founded just this year, still seeking nonprofit status), and the dancers will perform variations on their favorite classics. There will be free appetizers, music, short films, and a full bar. The event itself is free, as well, though of course donations are accepted. With budget cuts hitting arts organizations all over the city, it’s good to see a new one attempting to rise up out of the ashes even if it does make me feel bad for the abandoned toe shoes stuffed unceremoniously in my sweater drawer. Eventually I’ll go back to class.
Came across the NBCDFW story about how Collin County has taken its registration of cattle and horse brands online. What used to take their clerks about 40 minutes to deal with in large printed binders now takes about two minutes.
But reporter Randy McIlwain is missing the story here. This new online database provides unprecedented access to information about the latest local trends in ritually scarring horses and cattle. Â So what’s hot and what’s not? Â While the traditional use of the owner or ranch’s initials continues to dominate the form, there are a few brave envelope pushers.
Cheers to Beth Billera of Parker, who places this classic Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo (at right) on her horses. Â Does this mean that Mick Jagger or Keith Richards can make a valid ownership claim on her livestock?
Sports Illustrated soccer writer Grant Wahl just pointed to this YouTube clip of FC Dallas star (and current U.S. Men’s National Team standout) Brek Shea’s art studio and paintings and such. Is he any good? Eh, it’s cool he does it, I guess.
In his The Root DC column in the Washington Post this weekend, Robert E. Pierre writes about how the three men shot by Mark Stroman in the days following the attacks are victims of the same kind of hate that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York ten years ago. Of Muslims in this country and people mistaken for “looking” Muslim, he writes: “They scream silently: It wasn’t me. I didn’t do it. Please don’t look at me that way. Please, don’t hurt my family.”
The column goes on to declare that “the negativity is not subsiding.”
Thanks to Dave Levinthal, formerly of the Dallas Morning News and now of Politico, I was alerted to the fact that Barbara Mallory Caraway, wife of Dwaine Caraway, has filed the appropriate paperwork to run for Congress.
So there you go.
It is Day 1 of the very last week of voting for the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas 2011. Check out the landing page, and you’ll see all the finalists from the last four weeks of voting. We know you worked hard, checking out lots of beautiful women and casting your votes during the last month, but the hard work isn’t quite over. Check out the final lineup of 13, and vote for your favorite(s) once a day, every dayÂ until end of the day on Monday, September 19. The women with the most votes will become the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas in 2011.
Congrats to these three semifinalists, who have made it to the next round of voting.Â As always, it saddens us to let anyone go. We’ll miss Carol Monteverde Leal and Tiffany Wilkey.
Haven’t had enough of Â Charlene, Candice, and Christina?Â Head to the ballots now to give these gals a click and get them to the top ten.
Tarrant County’s Red River [Water] Shoutout Suffers Setback: In the latest battle in the North Texas Water Wars (which will surely heat up in the next decade or so), Tarrant Regional Water District filed a law suit meant to tap resources in Oklahoma, but that effort was rejected by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now Tarrant, as well as other local water districts, will have to consider purchasing water from Oklahoma and developing other in-state resources.
Study Relates Safer Intersections to Red-Light Cameras: Must to Tim’s chagrin, a study has concluded (sub. req.) that red-light related crashes have decreased at intersections where cameras intended to catch red-light runners have been installed. In all, crashes fell by 27 percent, and Dallas saw a 38 percent decline.
Local 9-11 Roundup: Among yesterday’s local memorials, fire fighters climbed 110-story Renaissance Tower; drivers of a truck filled with pyrotechnics for a Discovery Channel show brilliantly parked the vehicle at DFW Airport, prompting a bomb scare; and the Bush Presidential Center announced it would like to gather 9-11 stories.
Good News and Bad News — Monday Sports Roundup: The bad news? Dirk’s German national team has crashed out of the Euro championships. The good news? C.J. Wilson nabbed his 16th win yesterday in a routing of the A’s that puts the Rangers 2.5 up on the Angels. The Cowboys? I don’t know. Something of late makes me enjoy Jerry’s misfortune. I know. It’s terrible.