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ON THE COVER

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The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, a nearly comprehensive survey of the Colombia-born contemporary artist's career, opens this week at SAMA and the Southwest School of Art & Craft. Unfortunately, writes Frank Hammel, Botero's most famously controversial paintings won't be seen, although the three-month schedule of events, collectively titled Botero: Beloved Artist of the Americas, does include a symposium on his Abu Ghraib series and other political works. On the cover: “Melancholy,” by Fernando Botero.


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Draw it like it is

Jeremy Martin’s comic book review of Army@Love `Straight Shooter, May 9-15` hits our empire’s propaganda nail on its covert head. His insight into the realities of our military personnel (“disadvantaged teens or misguided patriots”) shows up Memorial Day/Veterans Day rhetoric for what it is: We make them victims and call them heroes.

TOM KEENE, SAN ANTONIO


WEB COMMENT

Re: Chisme Libre, “Hardbergerotica,” posted May 9, 2007

Added: Thursday May 17, 2007 at 01:19 PM EST

Elder/Sanchez: MOST EXCELLENT

I just was informed about this article by Sam Sanchez and I thougth I should write and let you know that I greatly enjoyed it and thank-you for sharing this “gay stink” with your readers. It gets a Most EXCELLENT from me and the HAPPY Foundation.

JGENE ELDER, THE BIG TOMATO

 

Added: Thursday May 17, 2007 at 02:03 PM EST

Hardberger & Stonewall Dems - Littleton?

So Hardberger met with Stonewall Dems. Why didn’t they push him on saying that the Littleton decision (post-op transsexual with vagina remains legally male) he wrote was in error? He could easily tell his Repub frineds in Texas Lege to pass the current House Bill for name change that would, in effect, render the Littleton decision moot and no longer effective.

PHYLLIS RANDOLPH FRYE, HOUSTON

 

Added: Thursday May 17, 2007 at 02:54 PM EST

What’s to say?

The Mayor doesn’t have to “say” anything about the gay community per se. What’s there to say: that it exists? I laud Hardberger’s seamless integration of all communities into the larger, diverse community that is San Antonio.

RON ANDERSON, SAN ANTONIO, TX


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