Assigned reading 

Assigned reading

It has not been my honor to drop you a few words in many moons and Graham Gordy has inspired these.

First, let me say that he needs to lighten up a bit, he is too young to be taking himself so seriously. "The A Team" and "Murder She Wrote" were never intended to be video Rembrandts, they were simply plotted, light entertainment for us common folks. The plots are as simple and predictable as old Western movies — and just as delightful. One can go to the bathroom during the show without suffering a break in the plot!

As you may have ascertained already, I was a fan of both shows through many rerun years. I haven't seen the movie, mostly because the movies are almost never as good as the original TV shows. However, I no longer watch TV because of the despicably poor-quality stuff now pushed off onto the innocent public as entertainment.

I would suggest that Graham be required to read, for at least 12 hours straight, in a locked room, the columns of Philip Martin to find out how not to write. Graham lacks Martin's super ego to ever be that bad, but it would be good for him nonetheless. Perhaps you could throw in a few of Mike Masterson's columns just for a change in pace!

If he wants to inject humor into his column it would do him well to become familiar with Mark Twain's work, the master of humor. Nostalgia is actually soothing salve for the brain, however, he is not expected to appreciate nostalgia until he lives a few more decades.

I realize that Graham is young and maybe a bit unsure of just what the flavor of his column should be but he is off on the wrong foot with his first one. I'm not sure myself if it is supposed to be a movie review or critic column, or something else, but it is well written if not a bit stiff.

Also, please pass on to him that nowhere near all the murders occurred in Cabot Cove, many happened in faraway places like NYC, Boston and California!!

Gus Causbie

Ash Flat

Reviewer no Arkie

It is obvious your reviewer is not from Arkansas when he/she wrote July 22 that to get to the restaurant you have to "traverse country roads and cow fields." I find "cow fields" especially interesting. Do they plant cows on the mountain? And if they do, how do they keep them still enough to take root? Just wondering.

George Gatliff

Little Rock

Hopped up

I was excited to pick up a copy of your paper July 22 and read about the Diamond Bear brewery but was dismayed at the angle that writer Sam Eifling took with the story. It seemed to me that there was a lot of energy spent telling the reader how bad most commercially available beers are. Terms like "wispy American lagers" and "grew up thinking all beers taste like canned piss" took me back a little bit. What if a person likes a good readily available light beer? I think a lot of light beers are good, crisp and refreshing. Coors Light is like pee water? When did one have to drink pee to find out what that tastes like?

Mr. Eifling made the Meltons seem a little snooty to me. The focus could have been on how good the product is instead. They're making beer for crying out loud. If there are 1,600 breweries in the United States you could tell me why we need another. I will try the Diamond Bear lager the next time I am in the Little Rock area because I like good beer and I support local businesses when possible. Sometimes I don't need a beer at all to enjoy a baseball game on television. Thanks for an overall great paper.



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