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Sham*Rock aims to put Knockaleptic to sleep during a recent pillow-fighting bout courtesy of Slumber Bash Co. Cover photo by Justin Parr.







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IRA-TE HISTORY BUFF

Surprising that you dis a historical flick `“The Trouble with the Troubles,” May 9-15` (filmed mind you, in County Cork, and originally released in Eire, England, and Scotland) for its historicity. Irish history may not be taught in American schools, but there are Americans who do make a study of it, and such history is required in the film’s country of origin. I wouldn’t be surprised if Irish history is more widely known in Europe, where this flick was warmly received, than in America. Your attitude is a bit parochial. Would you expect an explanatory background dialogue in a Japanese or South African historical film? I think not. Any such “explanatory” dialogue in films is generally superfluous, not to say tedious.

Finally, your statement that “Britain and France each suffered their share of terrorism, from Ireland and Algeria respectively.”  While you do temper this statement by further saying such terrorism was fueled by torture, kidnapping, and execution, this glosses over the fact that for centuries Britain pursued a systematic policy of paternalistic genocide in Ireland.

I won’t wait for the DVD to explain this all to me — I’m off to see the movie this afternoon.

Sue Duffy, San Antonio


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Re: “Muy bien Hecho,” Texas Books Issue, Tejano Literature Anthology breaks new ground on old battlefields, May 9-15
Added: Wednesday May 09, 2007 at 10:46 PM EST

el cheep chip esta muy grande

Tiresome, slanderous drivel. “Shun the Frumious Bandersnatch”. I’m eligible for DRT `Daughters of the Republic of Texas` membership. Now i cannot tell you whether my ancestors had “criminal designs”; however, I can tell you some owned slaves and the first incorporated county in Texas — Shelby County was named after an ancestor who with his brother were both revolutionary war generals — hmmmm — how bad am I supposed to feel about that? Criminy, how long is the colossal chip on this community’s shoulders going to stay afloat? That’s a pretty ridiculous blanket statement to say that descendants eligible for membership are somehow directly connected and therefore should be excoriated for the actions of their ancestors and cast aspersions on all of them — talk about stereotypes. Give it a rest already.

There’s a lovely line in the movie Walk on Water that goes something like this — “So your grandfather killed my grandfather — how long are we going to fight about that?”

Paz peace begins with dropping our collective chips — unless that doesn’t sell books?

Vita Sackville West, San Antonio, Texas


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