'Chronicle' Fan!

RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 12, 2003

Dear Mr. Black:
    God, I love your paper.
    Your Aug. 1 "Page Two" column deconstructing the misadventures of Tom DeLay and his attempts to "Perrymander" the district lines was nothing short of genius. When I opened the Chronicle from that week and saw you'd used so many column inches to express yourself I wondered what had gotten you so hot and bothered. After reading your commentary I understood, and realized all over again why, although I read the Houston Press locally, I love The Austin Chronicle so much more. Because its commentary is insightful. It speaks to readers who aren't into privilege or making a quick buck and getting out. And it's unapologetically progressive.
    Even your letters to the editor section is a sheer joy to read. A read through the Press' letters makes you wonder if anyone here has any passion or style anymore. Austin Chronicle readers write with zest, irony; all the things that make for interesting reading, even if you don't agree with them.
    As for those readers who think Michael Ventura is a whiny, navel-gazing dimwit, I wouldn't pay them too much mind. Ventura, unlike them, is awake. He's far more aware of the big picture than others who want to be deluded into complacency with no spiritual base whatsoever.
    By the way, the "Too Much Coffee Man" comic for that issue (Satan: "What's funny?" New arrival to Hell: "You are so behind the times") made me laugh out loud, even as it gave me the creeps a bit. It's sad that so much is currently being done, supposedly for our own good, to such detrimental effect. Will the madness never end?
    Keep it up, Austin Chronicle – with your snappy mix of news, comics, and commentary you're my and numerous other readers' favorite source for information, amusement, and wit.
    God, I love your paper.
With appreciation,
Charles Tatum II
Houston
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