'Chronicle,' Stop the Doom and Gloom

RECEIVED Fri., April 16, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Lately I stopped reading the Chronicle (except for the entertainment section) because the News articles are so consistently panicky. Ten minutes and I'm totally bummed that Austin funk is nearly history. I can get a daily dose of downers from the Statesman or TV news, thank you. I used to look forward to Thursdays for my weekly reminder of just how lucky I am to live in Austin.
   However, I was pleased by your article on Professor Griffin and his Midnight Shadow Show ["Short Cuts," Screens, April 9]. It's been a regular Friday night pleasure. I even won his trivia contest and got a really cool prize. Austin is not going down the tubes! Droves of Austinites are out there putting themselves on the line daily, nurturing us with the crazy and dazzling creativity we love about Austin. If your editors think Austin's treasured weirdness is dying, try living somewhere else for awhile. It's a desert out there. What makes Austin great is its outstanding artistic community, including the Chronicle. I am sad to see your paper becoming sensationalistic. Presenting the news in such an alarmist way nurtures the mindset that weird Austin is a dying dream. That helps kill it just as surely as greedy developers. We do need to know this stuff, but jeez! You've become hysteric.
   Brilliant fun provided by Professor Griffin, along with the likes of Mr. Sinus Theater, is proof that Austin lives! All the wacky, precious efforts Austinites make toward creating effervescence for us all generate a treasure trove of local culture. I met a person online who dreams of coming to Austin to see Bruce Campbell at the Alamo. We live here! Get off the doom and gloom. And hire some critics who like movies for cripes sake!
Carolyn Blake
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