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Beauty in the Shadows

My thanks go out to you for your piece on the AVAM “Singularity” show (“I, Artist,” Feature, Oct. 9). Your take on the show has left me with a full stomach, waiting to be digested, and I’m feeling a bit bovine, in that it will be regurgitated and chewed on for quite a while.

The part of my conversations with Geoffrey Himes I remember most had to do with beauty, and in some ways my reluctance to acknowledge it exists in my work. Upon reflection, I see it does and is separate from the craft I was arguing for. What has me dwelling is the way he framed “Amorosa” between beautiful and unnerving. Although unnerving isn’t usually my conscious intention, I think it is my unconscious one. I prefer shadow to light.

Again, thanks to Geoffrey for your insightful view of the show. You honor your trade well.

Allen Christian

Minneapolis, MN

Wackabird House

There is a side of me that wants to congratulate the Tea Party wackabirds (32 repubs who are responsible for the shutdown) (“Baltimore City Power Rankings,” Mobtown Beat, Oct. 9). Imagine if the peace-loving left could force a shutdown—leverage it? Of course, the wackabirds are just reps of the rich and the poor will be hurt.

It is, after all, this country that has spawned these “populists.” Last time we had much was with Eugene Debs. Most media stands by or encourages, most “adults” sit idle. Only a small remnant—with leaders like Frank Cordaro (Catholic Worker) or Max Obuszewski (Baltimore Nonviolence Center) or Art Laffin (Catholic Worker) or Medea Benjamin (Code Pink) really taking action. In the end, you can be sure there will be no shut down of capitalism—it will proceed to destroy the planet.

Dave Eberhardt

Baltimore

Correction: The Oct. 2 feature, “Justice Delayed,” contained two errors. The bail paid by Jose Morales’ lawyer, Stanley Needleman, freed him from the city lockup, not the county jail, as originally reported. Also, the alias under which the alleged shooter is serving time in state prison is Troy Madron, not Madras.

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