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RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 15, 2017
Your Aug. 11 cover story ["Poses for the People
," Screens] confirms what we have all feared: the complete Americanization of yoga. Meet the "potty-mouth" yoga instructor. ( "... get my head out of my own yoga ass"; ... millions of people will check my ass"; "I feel like a cock...") Thankfully the article ran only for one page, otherwise she would have squeezed in a few more offensive words. B.K.S. Iyengar is spinning!
RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 14, 2017
I saw Blue Öyster Cult at the Back Room in the 1980s. It was fantastic! Thanks for the story on “Last Days of May” ["Buck Dharma in the 21st Century!
" Daily Music, Aug. 9].
Music Editor Raoul Hernandez replies: Thanks Michael, the pleasure was all mine! As an addendum to the piece, I ran into a longtime fan at the show – whose initial BÖC show was the “Agents of Fortune” tour in 1976 at the City Coliseum – and he confirmed the band did play the Armadillo in the summer of 1980, six months maybe before the hall closed. The Cultösaurus Erectus tour must have been pretty sweet.
RECEIVED Thu., Aug. 10, 2017
I write not to bury Louis Black, but to praise him – and to praise him for something that may not show up in other tributes as he leaves the editor’s post. For the record I served as Chronicle Politics editor from 1989 through 1994 and as a columnist through 1995. I thank Louis and Nick for the opportunity they offered me back then. But, enough about me.
Yes, Louis was a huge player in making Austin what it is: co-founder of the Chronicle; editor for 36 years; a columnist the entire time; a film reviewer for many years; and a co-founder of SXSW. He even occasionally offered editing advice to Chronicle writers, usually in bursts of 30 seconds or less.
What I want to emphasize though is that Louis is the FDR of the Chronicle (as in Franklin Delano Roosevelt). He was the leader in getting health insurance and retirement for employees. This New Deal at the Chronicle didn’t happen until about year 13 or so, but I think Louis got it done as soon as he thought it was financially possible. Just like the New Deal it really improved people’s lives and continues to do so.
Now, I don’t want to take the FDR analogy too far. For example historians write that FDR was unfailingly affable. I don’t mean to imply that about Louis. He could be affable, but let’s just say that wasn’t consistent. As is well documented, and acknowledged by him, Louis could sometimes be rather unpleasant as he drove the staff to get the paper out week after week (at first biweekly). Let’s admit it though, staffers, it’s a classic case of, “If he did not exist we would have had to invent him” – although we might have changed a few little things.