Just Like Black

RECEIVED Mon., July 18, 2005

Dear Editor,
    Middle-aged and jaded, I am searching for ways to support my son through college. He is currently enrolled at Concordia University, and the costs are high.
    I have an idea for a column, "I Wish," written in true journalistic style, reporting pure fiction in the form of would-be headlines. Sometimes funny, always controversial, the column would be an eye-catcher.
    Louis Black's column, "Page Two," on July 8, proves The Austin Chronicle can and will publish just about anything. I love it. As Black rambles about archaic religion and the impossible solutions to mankind's discord, I am inspired. Black affirms my own beliefs, and the Chronicle stands behind our rights to express ourselves.
    I was concerned that my idea for the "I Wish" column would be too controversial. Impossible. Your readers would eat it up, and it would blend like tears in rain. (Yup, Blade Runner, but good is good.)
    Thought I'd just put m'self out there and see if I could get a nibble.
Sincerely,
Clay McKelvy
   [A senior editor responds: It's really not that we like Black's "Page Two" column; it's that he co-founded the Chronicle and nobody's sure how to talk to him rationally about anything, much less his column. Well, he is on break now.]
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