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Feature: "Story of My Life," June 18

Q Tip

Peter Rugg did an excellent job in portraying Quentin Carter. He really investigated Q before he wrote the story, and I admire that. It is really good to read about a person who makes bad choices and then gets back on track. So thanks again, Peter, as it made me a Pitch reader from here on out.

Danika Acklin
Overland Park

Art Imitates Life

I am a huge fan of Quentin Carter. After being introduced to his work in 2006, I purchased both Hoodwinked and In Cahootz. I screamed when I saw him on the cover of The Pitch. I want to first tell you how great Peter Rugg's work was on the article. It was a piece of art. This article painted a picture for those unfamiliar with street literature. For readers like me who are familiar with the works of Mr. Carter and other street-lit authors, it made me understand the true impact and history of street lit. This was not only an informational article but an inspiring one as well. Thank you once again, not only for a masterpiece article but also for true art and diversity only found in The Pitch.

Araina Herring
Kansas City, Missouri

Carter's Way

I found your article on Quentin Carter to be nothing less than the cover photo suggested: both glamorizing and circumspect. As a tax-paying, property-owning public educator (of more than 10 years), struggling to maintain my own visual art in Kansas City, it is offensive to see how The Pitch proffers an individual who, on the taxpayers' dime, serving a justifiable sentence, was able to make good only for himself.

Little is mentioned on how this author is planning to give back to a community he's capitalized on for easy money (at one time), and the time and opportunity to work on his own potential for profit after the deal was done and his sentence served. Where are the legitimate questions in this article asking "now what?" The answer is flipping houses rather than selling crack.

Though Quentin Carter confesses to being clean, he still is a user. Be a provider, Quentin — the public may still benefit as long as what they hold in high regard is not just shoe polish. Good luck on the next novel.

Alex Hamil
Kansas City, Missouri

Street-Lit Cred

I used to be a juvenile probation officer, and it is nice to know that some make their sentences worthwhile by reading and/or writing instead of learning new illegal things to try. I recently found out that Quentin Carter is my cousin and was glad to meet him. This article may help some other juveniles learn that being in the game is not worth it and that there is more to do than just sell drugs and join a gang. You don't have to go to prison to write books. Carter should speak at schools to steer children away from the drug life. He could influence lots.

Kimberly McMorris
Omaha, Nebraska

Night + Day: "Happy-Hour Hit List," July 2

No Way to Treat a Lady

Berry Anderson's comment that "Buzzard Beach really isn't the place for a lady at 3 a.m." was insulting to me as a patron as well as to the owners and excellent employees (who currently and in the past include many wonderful ladies). As a lady who usually goes in the Buzzard Beach only after midnight, I am quite curious as to why this isn't the place for me.

I'm also curious why there aren't similar disclaimers on other bar reviews that Ms. Anderson has written for The Pitch. A quick search showed no such notes about other local dives that I have seen staffed by a single bartender and no bouncer or doorman at night.

Apparently, Ms. Anderson thinks I would be better off at any other local dive, or maybe even one of the strip clubs she has written up in the past, because they don't have the same disclaimers. If this was her best attempt at humor, it sadly missed the mark, as degrading local businesses is not the way to support the community that The Pitch seems to represent.

I'm still not sure what Ms. Anderson's complaint is with the Buzzard. Maybe next last call, I'll ask my waitress what she thinks.

Courtney Stephens

Café: "Kate's Watch," May 28

Hungry Up North

We Northlanders were so glad to see Kate's Kitchen open. There is very little variety up here. Plenty of chain and fast-food restaurants, but not much to get up early for on a weekend. Kate's is plain, good food. Reminds me a little of Sidney's on Broadway. Oh, for some Poor Man's Eggs. Word to restaurant owners: There's plenty of room to expand up north of the river.

J.A. Daubresse
Kansas City, Missouri

Correction: Last week's Buckle Bunny column incorrectly reported that Jeffrey Isom is a co-founder of the Wonder Fair gallery in Lawrence. He's not a co-founder, but he does have a show there later this year.

Raise a Glass

As the journalism award season continues, Pitch writers keep racking up honors. At the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ annual awards luncheon June 26 in Tucson, Arizona, Jason Harper won third place in the Arts Feature category (other finalists were from the LA Weekly and the Chicago Reader) for “A Picture of Hope” (November 6, 2008), his story about the Gaslights’ Abigail Henderson and her fight against cancer and for musicians’ health care. And David Martin was recognized by the fine folks at US Bowler, who, in their 2008 Writing Competition, gave first place to his story “Strike!” (February 7, 2008), about the champs on the University of Central Missouri women’s team.

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