Letter to SPIN Magazine, Jan 1994

Wow.  I just randomly found this “on the internet.”  I had completely forgotten about it.  Well, I guess it’s not the sort of thing one (hopefully) clings to on a daily basis.  I wrote a short letter to SPIN Magazine (remember them?) concerning a piece on Nirvana from a previous issue.  Let’s see, I guess I’d have been 15 at the time.  I remember someone from SPIN calling me (!!!) to confirm my information, and informing me my letter had been selected for print in an upcoming issue. 

Now, to a 15 year-old country boy whose only outlets to the larger world were things like SPIN, Rolling Stone, comic books, the local record store, etc. (remember, nobody had internet back then), this was a real thrill – sort of like that time some envelope art I did was selected as an “honorable mention” or something (3rd place, in a Wizard Magazine (RIP) contest to redesign Madman‘s costume, and was printed among the other selections.  All I know is I won a signed Madman #1 for my efforts.  *sigh* I wish I still had my comic book collection.

Anyway, here’s a screen shot, with my little letter highlighted.  And, it was first, I might add.  <smug face>

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Current Reads

Sorry, kiddos, but I’m taking a day off from the ‘30 Days of Truth‘ challenge.  I didn’t sleep too well last night, thanks to the wife and the dog, and I’m amazingly tired at the moment.  If I wake up to a substantial degree at all during the night, it’s hard for me to fall back asleep.  My mind’s like a light switch, which is cool, but can be very annoying in times like that.  Anyway, I thought I’d post a few books that I’m reading.  Click on each picture to visit the Amazon.com page for each title.

I tend to do that.  There are other books I’ve yet to finish.  I’m sure I will at some point, but it’s hard for me to pick up a new book without starting it.  I definitely hope to finish ‘Paint It Black’ and ‘God’s Problem’ before beginning anything else. 😉  The other really isn’t the type of book one necessarily has to sit down and read cover to cover.

What are you reading?

Stay tuned tomorrow for another ‘30 Days of Truth‘ post.  Now, time for bed methinks…

Oh, one other thing…I received a packet in the mail yesterday (that I’d requested) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  You can order yours here.  It included a complimentary copy of their newspaper, Freethought Today.  The annual membership dues are $40 at the Individual level, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s well worth it for the hate mail alone!  They publish a good selection of crank mail from Gawd-fearin’ Chistyuns – spelling, grammar, and punctuation uncorrected. 😉

My favorite (responding to FFRF’s fight to stop illegal school-led prayer in Tennessee:

“You need to keep your non-believing nose out of my kid’s schools and mind your own damn business.” – Christian Mom Sick of Your Bullshit

Yes, seriously.  Religionists truly are hilarious, yet frightening, people.