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Mail and Commentary March 3

Williams' First Death

I was saddened to read about the fate of Paul Williams (BW, Noise, "Granddaddy of Criticism," Feb. 24, 2010) whose talents have been ravaged by dementia. As the legendary rock critic who founded Crawdaddy magazine in 1966, Paul was an important influence on the entire counterculture generation. But he was also someone I knew personally. In 1985 his imprint, Entwhistle Books, published my first novel The Cultivator. I still read rock biographies and always like to check the bibliographies for familiar names. Whether the subject is Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan or any number of other rock gods, Williams is usually mentioned. He sat face to face with John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and countless others. Although Paul's later career did not reach the heights of, say, a Ben Fong Torres or Greil Marcus, he is nevertheless held in reverence for his pioneering efforts in a new genre. As to the question of whether he misses writing, all I can say is that he was very passionate about his work for all the years I knew him in California. A true writer suffers two deaths, one when he actually dies, and the other when he lays down his pen.

--Bill English,Boise Weekly contributor

Portrait of a Commenter

Editor's note: The following are from one of boiseweekly.com's most prolific commenters, "bikeboy." The first is on Bill Cope (BW, Opinion, "Spreading Density," Feb. 24, 2010) and the second on Ted Rall (BW, Opinion, "You're Leftists," Feb. 24, 2010).

Mr. Cope has obviously become enamored with the term "teabagger." It's perfect for him! Or is it? Teabagger: 1) one who carries large bags of packaged tea for shipment. 2) a man that squats on top of a woman's face and lowers his genitals into her mouth during sex. 3) one who has a job or talent that is low in social status. 4) a person who is unaware that they have said or done something foolish, childlike, noobish, lame or inconvenient. 5) also see "fagbag," "lamer," "noob" (Urban Dictionary). Personally, I find the term rather noobish and pedestrian (pedestrian: commonplace and unimaginative).

"To hell with the Republicans, and to hell with the Democrats, too. We might not like the same music, and we might talk a little different, but we're all tired of getting ripped off and lied to by a bunch of government scumbags and their dirtbag pals on Wall Street and corporate America. And we're going to stop them."

I'm scared! It's like Ted Rall read my mind! Ted Rall!