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We’ll Miss Don Farley Too

We will miss you buddy! (“A Note from the Publisher,” Writer’s Block, Aug. 31.)

You’re right. The City Paper staff has shown a commitment to this city WAY beyond the paltry economics of working for a weekly paper. A letter last week mentioned the Ad-Hoc Fiascos, SoWeBo, and the Pow Wows (“March of the Greys,” The Mail, Aug. 31). I do remember those beginnings. And I remember the coverage City Paper gave those events. Don, with your leadership this paper has shown an absolute commitment to the arts community over decades, and with that commitment the community has burgeoned.

 The Creative Alliance especially says THANKS! I remember when we didn’t have much for a venue and our only fundraiser was a sweltering affair called Tiki Torches at Twilight in a muy humid, post-water-ballet Patterson Park. You guys gave us SUCH great support it ended up being a blast!

I honestly can’t imagine Creative Alliance’s growth, or that of Baltimore’s arts community, without the weekly unfaltering diligence of CP.

Have fun in Scranton, darlin’! Stay in touch! And Jen Marsh: We are SO glad you are Queen now! Onward!

Megan Hamilton
Program director, Creative Alliance
Baltimore

Wrong About Wrong

Herman Meyer (“He Types Crap,” The Mail, Aug. 31) fulminates about Mr. Wrong in a wrong-headed way. Joe MacLeod writes about subjects columnists would normally write about, but he has adopted the tone of a “regular Baltimorean.” One can almost picture him: a blowhard standing out in front of a corner bar, poking the air with a cigarette. He rants to his friends about topics he thinks he understands minutely—the state of the economy, the politics of marijuana, the right way to hang dry wall, Cowboys and Aliens. He might be most of the way through a six-pack of Budweiser, and his sleeveless T-shirt may well be stained with angry sweat and/or chicken. Think of the response one might have to such a blowhard—“That’s just wrong” —and there you have the nom de plume.

By the way, Truman Capote’s comment (“It’s not writing; it’s typing”) refers to Jack Kerouac’s writing. While Kerouac may have been incidentally a poet, he was best known as a novelist.

Steve Peterson
Baltimore

Know the Node

I just read your article about all the cool places in the area (101, Aug. 19), and am sad that you’ve skipped over us! I’d like to invite you to the Baltimore Node, a makerspace in Station North. We’re in the Load of Fun building, and we have Open Hack nights on Thursdays at 7:30, so come by tonight! You can see cool projects our members are working on, and hang out with the crew. It’s a crime to mention Station North without talking about the Node. There’s a new Foosball table, an arcade cabinet with all your favorite classic games, a 3D printer, and so much more. See you soon!

Todd Blatt
Baltimore

Editor’s note: Next week: Best of Baltimore.

  • In the Weeds Pot laws can expand the minds and skills of those who need or want it. | 4/23/2014
  • Tough Sell Few real-estate developers have the capacity or the perseverance to take on such a difficult undertaking as developing, or redeveloping, affordable housing. | 4/16/2014
  • Faith Shaken, Not Stirred What would the future hold for Charm City’s beloved alternative weekly? | 4/9/2014
  • For the Birds I’ll know CP is toast when you all run a cover with the headline “That Sure Was A Lotta Snow.” | 4/2/2014
  • Adjunct Poverty I came to consider my two classes as volunteer work to justify working so hard for so little. | 3/26/2014
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