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As a general rule I don’t really read YES! Weekly. Not anything personal against it, I just don’t ever seem to get around to it. Thankfully my wife reads your column from time to time because you seem to write about home (New Orleans) a lot. We moved up here to High Point about a year and a half back. It’s not bad. It’s cheap. But it still breaks my heart every day I don’t wake up in the Bywater.

I don’t know if you are aware, but Painless Paul died of a heroin overdose about six months back [“Barflies I’ve known”; June 2, 2010; by Brian Clarey].

He was a good friend of mine and I miss him. It is true what you wrote, “How can you explain Painless Paul?” It would be hard even to explain him to people that knew him. Impossible to anyone that didn’t. I have an old picture of him nodded out in an easy chair that he drug into the shop we worked at together (Joey Costa’s Forbidden Art Tattoo). Good old Paul.

Crazy f–ker sold me a shotgun right after Katrina that he had found somewhere. Neglected to tell me that it had been underwater for a week or so, also that it was still loaded. When I attempted to break it down and clean it the damned thing went off in the shop. Haha. Paul just called me a dumbass.

The same week I watched these two f–ks come in and demand that Paul buy heroin from them after he had told them no earlier. The guys got all pissed off because they had walked somewhere in the Seventh [Ward] to get the s–t, and after a minute or so one of them pulls a pistol on Paul. Mind you this is 11 a.m. in the shop which was open. Paul, either brave beyond sense or just being Paul, turns around and picks up a baseball bat and threatens the guy. At this point I am expecting to have to clean Paul up from all over the walls, but they walked out; talking crap all the way, and Paul just sat down and went back to what he was doing. Mostly grumbling to himself about something.

I do miss him. I am glad that you knew him, even if only in passing. The closest thing to immortality a man might find is to be remembered, and Paul was well worth rememberiing.

Thank you for the article. I will save it forever.

Yours, Jon Pressley, High Point


My wife and I absolutely love your publication. It’s where we go to plan out all of our entertainment activities. On Saturday night, we ventured over to Greensboro from our home in Winston to see Triad Stage’s production of Providence Gap. The show was mesmerizing. We’ve seen a lot of theater in New York City, but nothing holds a candle to what we experienced last Saturday night. We are so lucky to have a theater of this magnitude in our community. We had no idea the show was a world premiere, either. What a treat for the Triad. I’m curious if you all will be reviewing the production and what your feelings about it were. More people need to see it. Help them reach as many people as possible.

Thank you, Emanuel W., Winston-Salem


Dear Mr. Green, Thank you for writing your piece on Summertime Literary Escapes [Summer Guide; June 16, 2010].

Anyone who encourages reading is all right in my book.

Sincerely, Jo Maeder, avid YES! Weekly reader and author of When I Married My Mother