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In Topic: Interesting description of Fort Worth

06 October 2006 - 11:06 AM

QUOTE(Atomic Glee @ Oct 6 2006, 10:36 AM) View Post

I've sort of stopped caring what people think of my city. I love my city, and I know what I want out of it, and do what I can to help push that through (quality urban development, for instance). Whatever it is, I still want it to be Fort Worth, though.

I agree. I've never cared what others said, I knew better, and they never had the opportunity to live there...

In Topic: Interesting description of Fort Worth

06 October 2006 - 11:04 AM

QUOTE(hooked @ Oct 6 2006, 10:15 AM) View Post

Not everyone is impressed with Levy's work. From a review in the Boston Globe:

Invoking Mark Twain's comment that ''foreigners pronounce better than they spell," a reader from Washington state noted that Levy bungled the spelling of the town of Wenatchee. Another reader regretted to inform that Levy had botched the address of the storied Nelson Algren-Simone de Beauvoir love nest in Chicago. Also in the Windy City, Levy breezily called Chinatown ''the neighborhood of the insane, released en masse from asylums during the Reagan years." But it was not the hardhearted Republicans but the hardhearted Democratic presidents and congressmen who initiated mass de-institutionalization in the 1960s, a reader pointed out.

A former resident of Fort Worth felt that Levy's ''characterization of the city as 'empty' seems particularly curious, as well as inaccurate, and his association of Fort Worth with fascist imagery and ideals strike me as simply bizarre." Prisoner Shane Williams (''an incarcerated reader conversant with Bernard-Henri Levy") penned an erudite critique of Levy's near-obsession with American prisons from inside Los Angeles's Metropolitan Detention Center.

An exchange that provoked more hilarity than even l'affaire Dreyfuss concerned Levy's visit to New York's Rikers Island prison. The state's commissioner of correction insisted, not very convincingly, that two of the gamier incidents in Levy's narrative never happened.

I, too, disagree with the statement that Fort Worth seems empty, unless he's talking about 7:00 on Sunday morning. Lots of folks out and about in downtown, especially on the weekends. Wednesday night the Sundance parking lot between 4th and 5th was full at 7 p.m.

BTW, the Great Western Gun Show moved from Will Rogers to the Convention Center in the fall of '04, I think.

I just finished the book last night, and while there where some interesting points brought up, I wasn't impressed with it. I wasn't expecting Fort Worth to be in it, and I found it surprising. I think Levy drove through on a Sunday morning, or during the Cowboys game.

The "empty" I refer to isn't necessarily "crowd-less," just some parts of the city seem desolate. I've been downtown on a Friday night, just last June, and I could go a few blocks north or south - they were empty in comparison to the jammed sidewalks I had just worked through. But, also, this is just my own personal impression. It could also be the memory remnants of actually seeing central Fort Worth die off during the 70's and 80's.

Hmm, I kinda figured Will Rogers was the "Mussolini-style building." *sigh*

In Topic: Interesting description of Fort Worth

05 October 2006 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE(cjyoung @ Oct 5 2006, 05:05 PM) View Post

Hah, hah, hah!

Empty compared to what? It doesn't seem very empty when I'm leaving downtown headed north on I-35, trying to get to my son's football practice. sleep.gif

Well, besides I-35 at those certain special moments, central Fort Worth has a "desolate" feel to it, most especially on the weekends. I've had this impression as a child living there, growing up there, working and going to school there, and I still get it whenever I have the opportunity to visit. I just found it amusing to read the same impression from someone else...


In Topic: See the 98 Year Old Light Bulb at the Stockyards Museum

05 October 2006 - 10:58 AM

QUOTE(mbdalton1 @ Oct 5 2006, 11:11 AM) View Post

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Sep 30 2006, 09:57 PM) View Post

Drklts, if you saw the book, you would understand the price. It is one of the best Art Deco books that I've seen and it was written by a Fort Worth Resident. It has been out of print for several years and keeps getting harder and harder to find.

Would you believe the author came through our office yesterday and I didn't realize who she was?? Oh my gosh!

If she comes back I will have to introduce myself. Maybe she will even autograph my copy of Cowtown Moderne for me! That would be fabulous!

smile.gif Mary Bess

Wow! The autograph would be a plus! But, could you please tell her for the unfortunate among us that do not own this wonder of printed treasures that a re-print would be a godsend. Perhaps a twentieth-anniversary re-print? smile.gif

In Topic: Public Market Building, via Holga

19 September 2006 - 06:44 PM

The color looks great on this one, the blue is very vivid...I've enjoyed seeing these from your Holga, thank you. They make the time seem suspended...

Oh, and edit: Maybe Holga IV: Revenge of the Holga?