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Thank you for trying our tacos [“Taco truck takes tactical territory”; June 27, 2012; by Brian Clarey]! I appreciate the review and hope you will come back and try some other items. We are a really small business with a large opportunity but also many obstacles. We will try to keep the menu updated with new items [we are starting to offer our house made limeade/passion fruit drinks and mexican popsicles] The next entree change will probably be fish tacos and / or ceviche.
Pat Helmick, Winston-Salem
For art’s sake
I was very impressed by YES! Weekly’s article on art forgery [“Crimes of the arts”; June 27, 2012; by Jordan Green]. Besides being incredibly well researched it was also very well written. Being in the creative business for over 30 years the problem of stolen intellectual property is very dear to me. To expose “knock-off artists” and charlatans should be of interest to all who make or appreciate art. The “business” of art is an uphill struggle under normal circumstances, to have your work copied with no credit is an abomination. Hats off to Jordan Green for exposing this crime to the wider public.
Harry Knabb, Winston-Salem Knabb is chairman of Art for Art’s Sake.
Jordan Green’s “Crime sof the arts” is a silly small-townish article, not Green’s usual serving of astute political commentary. The very person whose life this article is somehow about, Marc Gamache, begs any form of writing other than serious investigative reportage. (I’m thinking oral history a la Studs Terkel, reflective essay, even short story would have all been less inappropriate.) The man is an artist no doubt, living on the edge, as not a small number of artists do, who has for some reason (which we never find out) started producing and selling art that not he has created on his own. Yes, it’s true; his falsely signed copies of originals which he pawns on the internet constitute a petty crime. But finally, aside from the “real” artists who cares? The whole notion of originality has long been seriously called into question. And these so-called originals mentioned in Green’s article are a wonderful case in point of the function of “art in the age of its mechanical reproduction.” We have all been exposed to thousands of images of this type: American kitsch in all its “unabashed sentimentality and marketability.”
So Gamache wanted to get in on some of the action? Perhaps he was tired of being the token “outsider artist” on display in local venues with no or little compensation to show for it? What’s interesting about Gamache is that he doesn’t play the role of outsider artist as assigned and designed by the city’s middle-class do-gooders. I’m talking about the disappointment expressed by Friends of the Library folk and library staff (with the exception of Summerford, a real mensch) in the fact that Gamache turns out to be a real human being: complicated, crafty, contradictory, conniving… “If only we had known…, then we would not have involved ourselves with him.”
Perhaps those of us out there with time and money on our hands who have this intense moral desire to help others should stop and examine our own motives and our own actions. We are deceiving ourselves if we think for a second that in this relationship between ‘helper’ and ‘helped’ only the ‘helped’ are profiting. The book, the movie, the art exhibition that use the life story of the ‘outsider artist’ profit in no small measure either through real monetary gains or through the production of an image that city institutions use to their advantage in all sorts of interesting, complex and not innocent ways.
Gamache has a story to tell; perhaps one day he will tell it to someone who asks because he or she is really interested in who this artist is.
Audrey Berlowitz, Greensboro
By way of a brief introduction, I wrote and directed the feature film Elephant Sighs which starred Ed Asner and which we shot in High Point in January 2010. The film has just been released nationwide by Green Apple Entertainment.
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how much my producing partners and I have appreciated the coverage YES! Weekly has given our film — both in print and online — since we began the project.
Mark Burger has written at least three excellent articles detailing the work on our film. I’ve long admired Mark’s work, both in your paper and in his radio reviews. He’s a terrific, insightful writer with an appreciation of the film art, and with an encyclopedic knowledge of film history. His ongoing documentation of Elephant Sighs has been greatly appreci ated
and very helpful to our efforts to bring Elephant Sighs to our audience.
Thanks for providing Mark the forum for his work — and for providing all of us with a great weekly publication!
Ed Simpson, High Point
The editorial by Jim Longworth, “Mitt not fit to be president” [June 27, 2012], is a blessing. I’ve been hounding the Democratic Party and other Democrats about this atrocious incident since early May when it was first exposed by other media.
We now have a violent felon as a presidential candidate. He may not be convicted, but the evidence exposed by the Washington Post, including statements of an attorney/witness, was enough. John Lauber was physically assaulted by six men, and this obviously left him intimidated, threatened and too afraid to pursue justice. When he returned to the school, he had changed his appearance to satisfy Romney.
His sexual orientation is irrelevant.
Under Title 18, US Code, Section 241, Conspiracy Against Rights, Mitt Romney and the others could have received up to 10 years in federal prison, and America is letting this man run for president.
I will be referring others to Longworth’s editorial. Maybe, some of the leaders of Obama’s campaign will pay more attention. They’re about to lose the election to a cruel and violent criminal.
Christopher Scott Hubbard, High Point