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Love/Hate Mail, Oct. 11, 2012


Bending your ear

Tommy and I wanted to drop a quick note of gratitude for your recent review of the Circuit Benders' Ball in the Nashville Scene ("The Spin," Oct. 4). Not only did you get the gist of the day's event, but your photos are great and really capture the spirit of the entire day.

Our work is still a bit on the obscure side. But with with the help of participants like yourself we are chipping away at that obscurity every day. Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and their relationship to the arts are sorely lacking in today's American culture and education systems. It is up to individuals and groups like ourselves to step in and take up the slack and make sure that people, younger and older, feel confident that they have a role not only in the participation of these fields, but in the direct interactive co-education of these fields. We are all teachers as well as students.

Thank you so much for taking the time to come to the workshop, participate in it, document it, and write about it. We shout the word, but you spread it.

If you are ever in Chicago, please drop us a line and we'd be happy to show you the cool underground sights of our city, just as you guys showed us some of yours.

Patrick McCarthy

Challenger rates a debate

Those who have left leanings are left out of the conversation with a candidate like [Mark Clayton] ("Donkey Wrong," Sept. 6). This is why I have qualified to run as a write-in candidate for this seat. It is highly unfortunate that the TNDP fell asleep at the wheel during this. Check out my website,, to read my platform and ideas. "Like" my Facebook page (maurer2012). I have "challenged" Clayton to a debate, but of course, have received no response. I challenge you to check me out and support me if we share the same views. The liberal voice is a viable voice, no matter how much our state is considered red.

Jacob Maurer

Editor's note

Right now, you're holding the biggest single issue of the Nashville Scene ever printed. It's also the first Scene to smash the 200-page ceiling, for which we are enormously grateful to publisher Mike Smith, his war chief Susan Torregrossa, and SouthComm's world-beating sales, marketing and production teams. (Hail Ginny, Christy and Brent!) To all our advertisers, thank you for such a stunning show of support — a wonderful thing to behold among all the premature obits for print publications.

You wouldn't be holding this beast if not for the invaluable contributions of many people — starting with our superlative art director, Elizabeth Jones, whose skill is matched only by her speed (and patience). Special sections editor Steve Haruch and managing editor Jack Silverman shepherded the copy every step of the way, with section editors Patrick Rodgers and Abby White lending their expertise. If they were samurai, seven would seem like overstaffing.

Our yeoman copy editor Dana Kopp Franklin, with a vital assist from Edwin Willmore, waded into a 200-plus-page thicket and emerged leaving order in her wake. All but a few of the photos are by SouthComm's amazing Eric England and Michael W. Bunch, and we're grateful to Joel Anderson and Aaron Johnson of Anderson Design Group ( for the gorgeous section headers. Bless you, Rachel Dean, for the pizza and barbecue.

And to all our writers, staff and freelance, who delight me daily with their voices and passion and depth of knowledge, I get tongue-tied trying to say anything other than "thank you." It's a happy man who gets to work each morning with Adam Gold, Steven Hale, Laura Hutson, J.R. Lind and Jonathan Meador, and a lucky one.

You'll notice some changes online in the Scene and its related blogs, some already in place, some coming soon. Right now, we direct you to our online Music Events page, made vastly more readable, appealing and user-friendly by a new program called GETn2it. Not only does it help us gather a formidable array of club listings, but it lets us supplement them with reviews, bios, web addresses, even playable tracks. Give it a spin at, and we think you'll lock it in as your one-stop club planner.

We also welcome Andrea Zelinski, who's joining SouthComm to cover the state for both The City Paper (hurray for Steve Cavendish!) and the Scene's news and politics blog Pith in the Wind. Andrea's Hill coverage has made The Tennessee Report a must-read for political junkies, and we're thrilled to have her on board. She'll be replacing Joey Garrison, whom we hope you'll keep reading in his new gig at The Tennessean.

Thirty-three years ago, I first laid eyes on a brown-haired knockout in a Greek fisherman's cap in the Oakland High School library. After a week of late nights at the office, I believe I'll go home to her now, and to the two kids I haven't seen in days. Everything you like about this week's issue, please give all due credit to the people above. Any dreaded typos and mishaps, you can blame on me. From all of us, thank you for still reading after 23 years, and for all the years to come.

Jim Ridley


In last week's story about political poster art ("Pimping the Presidency," Oct. 4), we misstated the name and website of the waveform-art company Epic Frequency ( The Scene regrets the error.

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