Seattle Beats Tacoma?
Just got done reading the David Shields article (“I Could Go On Like This Forever,” July) and skimming through the rest of the City Arts Seattle. I really like it! I don’t know if it has to do with my familiarity with Seattle over Tacoma, but I found it more of a page-turner than the Tacoma edition. Not to take away anything from the Tacoma edition, because I really enjoy that one as well. Shields and Huberman’s e-mail exchange was a lot like John Coltrane. The correspondents seem to be on the leading edge of the freeform writing movement.
—Chris Sergeant, Seattle
From the Heart of Texas
I found myself reading the whole July issue, thinking that Seattle really is one of the finest places in the world. The form of Bond Huberman’s e-mail interview with David Shields is a perfect fit, mirroring the process he talks about. The questions here always strike me as just the ones needed to coax out the crucial implications of his views. I tell students of fiction writing: everything in my life is constantly transformed and sometimes a persona can get closer to “the thing itself” than “I” can. I think it’s in the radical nature of all real writers to want, and to be drawn toward, ideas that tend to grant the greater fluidity of imagination they long for.
—Daryl Scroggins, Dallas, TX
The writer is a creative writing instructor at the University of North Texas.
Liking the Funnies
I just read your first issue of City Arts and I enjoyed it, especially the “Near Art” comic strip. I’ve seen Stan Shaw’s work over the years and I am looking forward to seeing what he does with this new strip.
—C. Lehmen, Seattle
Credit for Cody Ellerd, the writer who contributed the item on the McLeod Residence in the City Seen section of the July issue, was mistakenly omitted. Also in that section, the Seafair pirate whose photograph appeared was incorrectly identified. He is Walter “Tattoo” Taucher. And the photo of the artist on the Curator’s Eye page in that issue was incorrect. Dorothy Rissman is pictured here. We regret the errors.